A right set of seat covers can transform the entire interior of your car, but choosing just the perfect seat covers can be pretty difficult. This is because, there’s just tons of seat covers available in the Indian market with various designs, price range and materials. Buying a set of seat covers just after the purchase of your new car is a great idea, as these protect the original upholstery by reduce direct wear and tear to a great deal, retain the overall value of the car, and also look great. After market seat covers can also make the seats more comfortable and increase the style quotient of your car’s cabin. When shopping for seat covers for your car, first decide on the preferred material. The most popular choice is albeit leather, but fabric seat covers are also largely used.
Let us now consider the two types of seat covers to offer a brief shopping guide:
Fabric Seat Covers
The fabric seat covers for cars are the ones that are most widely used. These come in innumerable designs, textures and colors. The fabric seats are more popular as they are considerably cheaper than the real or artificial leather counterparts. The fabric covers also have the huge advantage of being good for rougher use. Moreover, many think that the fabric seat covers are the best choice for a hot country like India, as these do not get easily heated nor do they go cold during winters.
However, fabric seat covers are usually less durable than the leather counterparts and wear out more easily. Long term rough usage and exposure to direct sunlight may cause the fabric to become weak in certain resulting in ugly holes. Fabric seat covers also need to be cleaned more often as these attract more dust and easily get stained as well.
The fabric seat covers are best when vacuum-cleaned regularly, to make them last longer. For stains, use a foam based spray-on cleaner especially meant for fabric upholstery.
Leather Seat Covers
Leather seat covers can immediately offer a touch of class to your car cabin. People prefer readymade leather seat covers that come in many attractive color combinations such as come black and beige or black and red. Most of the leather covers available in the market are made of artificial leather material called leatherite, but one can also get authentic leather covers which will be considerably more costly. Leather seat covers look far classier and enhance a car’s resale value. Leather covers are also easier to clean and virtually stain resistant.
The biggest disadvantage of leather seat covers is their problem of getting heat up badly, especially in summers under direct sunlight so much so that people also have suffered first degree burns. Leather covers also become very cold in winters making it uncomfortable. Leather covers are also not recommended for families who travel with pets, as the covers get scratched easily.
Leather seat covers are best cleaned with damp cloth immediately after a spill. Regular cleaning and conditioning with specialized leather products are also required.