Leather Upholstery Do's and Don'ts

2019-04-10 08:00:59

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The automotive service team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is passionate about keeping vehicles properly maintained so they can perform at peak condition for as long as possible. Some of our clients' vehicles have 200k+ miles, are still in exceptional condition, and have many more serviceable years left in them. And, by the way, they welcome the fact that these dependable rides were completely paid off years ago.

Sadly, we also occasionally see newish vehicles that have been utterly thrashed and abused. We often remind our customers (for good reason) that skipping maintenance services like oil changes has some pretty serious consequences, but we don't stress the importance of interior care nearly enough. In today's post, we turn our attention to caring for leather auto upholstery. Leather is quite durable and will serve you well if properly cared for. If you have ignored your leather auto seats, we urge you to spend twenty minutes on your next day off and give them a good cleaning and conditioning.

Do: Consult your owner's manual to see if there are any special guidelines for your leather upholstery.

Do: Clean and condition your leather car seats at least four times a year. Once a month is even better. Start a regular cleaning schedule as soon as you buy your vehicle, whether new or used. It will only take a few minutes each time and they will remain looking new.

Do: Use cleaners and conditioners designed specifically for leather upholstery, or make your own with olive oil and vinegar, or Castile soap and warm water.

Do: Follow the product directions.

Don't: Use products with ammonia, bleach, or silicone.

Do: Test the cleaner on an inconspicous area to make sure that there are no unintended effects.

Do: Vacuum the seats first to clear away particles of dirt. If the grit is left on the seats, it may scratch the leather when you wipe them down.

Do: Use a vinyl or horse hair brush. Wipe dry with a micro-fiber cloth. There are also special brushes that can be fitted to a cordless drill or rotary buffer.

Do: Repeat the cleaning process several times if there is a lot of dirt build-up.

Don't: Saturate the seats with the cleaning products. This could lead to stains, or the liquid could soak through to the cushion. Be especially careful if the leather is perforated.

Do: Clean up spills quickly to reduce the chance of staining.

If would like to hire a professional detailer, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 for a recommendation. If you need quality engine repair or maintenance, stop by our service center at 1739 Lindquist Drive in Falconer or call to make an appointment.

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"Nose Teams" at Work

2019-04-03 08:06:59

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Is the distinctive new car smell manufactured? In the Model T days, new automobile smells probably weren't engineered. Now, carmakers have fragrance chemists responsible for creating a car's signature fragrance. (No wonder new cars are so expensive!)

These scientists, sometimes called "car sommeliers." are like any other team of auto engineers. They design, they create, they test. It's a complex process.

"The Audi Nose team analyzes more than 500 different components from the interior of each model separately, as well as the scent of the complete car." https://www.metro.us/news/nose-teams-and-the-science-behind-new-car-smell/tmWjiv---6cEyu8mysDyrs

Sometimes, Auto manufacturers change the fragrance for a different country. According to Ford, Chinese auto buyers are not looking for a "new car smell" but a "new car lack of smell." Because of this, Ford takes special care to make sure cars built for China don't have any scent at all. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ford-china-smell/fords-golden-noses-seek-edge-in-slowing-china-car-market-idUSKBN1A42PO

When you smell a new car, what specifically are you smelling? Fiat Head Materials Engineer Larry Sak explains it this way:

"The primary cause of the new-car smell, when you hear that term, is an off-gassing of organic compounds in the interior of the vehicle. Those compounds have a low boiling point, so they release molecules into the air and that's how the smell gets present." https://www.cars.com/articles/experts-make-scents-of-the-new-car-smell-1420692713740/

The Volvo fragrance designers are striving for understatement. They heat up car materials samples for 24 hours. Then they rate the fragrances from 1 to 6—1 is defined as "noticeable" and 6 is defined as "unbearable."

Volvo's Hanna Sundqvist:

"We try to reduce odor. We tolerate a certain level of odor as long as it is perceived as pleasant—an odor that we like to have in our new cars.https://www.metro.us/news/nose-teams-and-the-science-behind-new-car-smell/tmWjiv---6cEyu8mysDyrs

Bentley takes a different approach. The British luxury brand sells a line of men's fragrances based on the signature scents of various Bentley models.

Here is a description from the Bentley Motors website:

"Capturing the legendary luxury and extraordinary performance of Bentley’s Bentayga luxury SUV, Infinite Rush embodies the spirit of the modern adventurer Freshness from the top notes of pink peppercorns and mandarin evokes a rush of adrenaline, followed by a cocktail of spices, incense and lemon and stirring woody base notes of amber, vetiver and cedar." https://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/bentley-collection/bentley-collection/bentley-fragrance.html

If you will never be able to afford a 250k car—it's nice to know that you can smell like one. That's just as good, right?

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we might not be able to make your car smell like new—but we can definitely make it run like new. Trust our team of automotive experts for all of your car service needs.


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