Alcantara is a product similar to suede that is most commonly found on interior trimming, seats, and steering wheels. Much like suede it is delicate and must be handled with care but don’t let that scare you off, armed with the right knowledge cleaning and protecting Alcantara is no problem at all.
Tips for Protecting Alcantara Interior Car Surfaces
Don’t use Harsh Cleaning Products
As with anything else, your Alcantara surfaces need to be cleaned. Not doing so can cause dust and other harmful particles to build up on the surface and cause unsightly and, in some cases, permanent damage.
When it’s time to clean a surface made of Alcantara, it’s best not to use any harsh or abrasive products. In fact, a little bit of water and a good microfiber towel are often enough. While cleaning make sure you don’t rub too hard, as this can damage the delicate fibers and destroy the finish of your Alcantara.
Another good option is Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine, a gentle cleaner that won’t leave any residue and doesn’t need to be rinsed off with water. This provides a bit more cleaning power than water and has the added benefit of avoiding contaminants that can sometimes show up in water. We have personally used this product to clean Alcantara surfaces, so we can vouch for its safety.
Use a Protective Coating to Avoid Damage
As we said earlier, Alcantara is a very delicate product. With something so sensitive you’re going to want a product that provides excellent and long-lasting protection. Both Ceramic Pro and Opti-Coat offer protective coatings for almost every kind of fabric you’d find in the interior of your car, including Alcantara. These coatings modify the surface of the fabric to provide unparalleled protection against stains and spills. Both products are a great option for protecting Alcantara surfaces.
Once you have a protective coating on your Alcantara surfaces, you can spend more time enjoying your car and less time worrying. After all, cars are meant to be driven not shut up in a garage.
At Details Matter, we provide auto enthusiasts in Melbourne, Florida and the surrounding area with professional interior detailing and protection services. Please contact us today to learn more about the interior detailing services we offer and how to clean and protect Alcantara surfaces.