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Cleaning Your Leisure Vehicle Upholstery

Renewed Motorhome Cushions

You’ve made all the effort to get your leisure vehicle restored to its original glory so the last thing you want is to see it ruined by dirt. Just about everywhere your travel is going to naturally attract some form of unattractive mess. Cleaning your leisure vehicle upholstery can be a difficult task but ultimately one that needs to be done, especially if you’re spending time living in your vehicle.

If your upholstery is new, the last thing you want is for it to become damaged. Knowing how to tackle the mess can help you keep your vehicle in pristine condition and ensure you remain happy and proud to call your motorhome, horsebox or boat your own.

Suck It Up

Whether you’re off to the seaside or a camping trip in the woods, it’s very likely that ground surfaces will get walked into your vehicle. This can be transferred to your upholstery very easily as it is loose and even the slightest breeze can blow it onto your nice, clean upholstery.

A handheld vacuum cleaner can be your best friend here as they can get into the nooks and crannies of leisure vehicle upholstery.

Materials

You probably know that different materials require different products when they are cleaned. Leather, suede and cloth have to be treated differently so it is important to know exactly what you need before you clean using whatever you have to hand.

If your upholstery is a combination of different materials, you’re going to have to treat them differently, even if they are part of the same seat.

Cleaning Products

Upholstery can be a pain. There’s no way around the fact that it needs specific cleaners and solutions or you run the risk of damaging it. You can ask in store what would be best for your vehicle, or ask us when we reupholster.

Clean, Clean, Clean

In a lot of cases, your cleaning products should never be directly applied from bottle to upholstery. Instead, apply product to cleaning cloth and go from there.

Once you’ve got all of your upholstery wet, leave it to dry and ensure the area is ventilated well. Different materials will take different times to dry off – leather, pretty quick; cloth, a lot longer.

Protect It

Being clean goes hand in hand with overall protection. When your clean upholstery has been cleaned and is dry, you can use treatment products to help preserve the quality of your seats.

Leather and suede motorhome upholstery can make use of balsams that help to reduce the chance of cracking and drying. Fabric and cloth seating has a wide range of options from water treatments to solvent treatments with varying levels of reapplication times so make sure you know before using.

Allow to thoroughly dry and ventilate as wet seats will attract damaging stains and fumes can be dangerous, especially if you’ve opted for the solvent treatment.

Maintaining and cleaning motorhome upholstery is a mammoth ask, but on the other hand is very rewarding. As well as the obvious aesthetic appeal of well looked after motorhome upholstery, you are much less likely to see rapid devaluation of your vehicle if you’re considering selling it at some point.

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  • REGAL FURNISHING. WOW!!, WOW!! Great service, we came to look at the vast range of fabrics for our Eura Mobil 810 Integra for a full re-upholstery, very hard to choose as there are so many, we took our time and we were left to choose. We finally decided on a fabric refit. After making our choice we booked in for the refit, being very popular there is a short wait, we did not mind, because getting a great job was the most important.
    However when we got home, and after looking at some of the refits in leather, we turned up to see Mick again, saying "we had changed our minds" and then decided to go for the full leather refit.
    Nothing was a problem for Mick and his excellent team, he went through every stage of the work to be carried out, making special notes of things we wanted, and the things we did not.
    Our van is quite large and we left it at Regal Furnishings in the very secure compound.
    The work was carried out in a very timely manner, and ready for us to collect on the given time and date.
    The surprising thing for us apart from the excellent job of work, was Mick's attention to detail, and actually getting the job done to a very tight budget .
    There are plenty of upholsterers out there, but one that specialises in motor homes, that has secure parking for overnight stops if needed, are few and far between!
    The reviews for regal are exemplary and we had no doubt who would be doing our refit.
    Mick had even matched the curtains and the overhead cab bed.
    We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Regal Upholstery to our family and friends - David Bosworth

  • Not long returned having had my Motorhome interior updated. Curtains, Trims, Foam the lot. On the day I arrived there had been a scare for one of the teams family, they had been called away as you would understand. The result was they were short handed! The difference......nothing. The team across the operation simply pulled together and provided a fantastic service. Albeit they probably felt the pressure!
    The complete process was perfect, nice people, nice job, and the weather was nice too. I’ll go back as and when required. Many thanks - W D

  • Had our upholstery and curtains replaced yesterday. Our 11 year old Apache Autotrail now looks as good as new. Mick and the team at Regal are amazing. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they are a really friendly group of people. We shall be recommending them to everyone - Beverley Porrett

  • Excellent friendly service. We only had a small job done, a padded end panel for our motorhome. Not only was the cost so reasonable they did a fabulous job and although it was a low cost job we received impeccable service by Mick. Thank you so much for the lovely job you did for us 😊 - Bridget Bales

  • Excellent lovely job many thanks to the team - Kim Gough