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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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  • From the moment we arrived on there car park with our caravan to the minute we left the staff and owners did every thing possible to help me and my disabled wife feel welcome they measured the cushions within the first hour even though it was close to closing for the day we parked up for the night
    We were up early the next morning as were the staff they came and made shore we had everything we needed before ten the first of the curtains had been refitted by half 1 the front cushions had been refitted the rest of the curtains had been refitted were enjoying the cushions every thing refitted by half past 3 even the one cushion we all forgot we were on our way home again by 4.30 cannot thank them enough for the care and quality of the work manship.

  • We have just had our Frankia reupholstered and curtains made by Regal Furnishings.
    I am so pleased with the results, the workmanship is exceptional and the quality of the leather is first class.
    Not only are the staff hard working but they are very knowledgeable, professional and very friendly.
    I can not express how pleased I am with every aspect of the work they did, everything was easy, from choosing the colour to picking up the finished product.
    I highly recommend Mick and his wonderful team at Regal Furnishings, your motorhome will be in safe professional hands and you will but completely satisfied with the results.

  • Just had the living area of our 10 year old motorhome fitted with new foam and recovered and the result is amazing. Not only is the foam firmer and the finish excellent, but the actual design (button back, knee roll etc.) was redesigned to suit our needs. All done in a day at an amazing price by a highly skilled and friendly workforce. Will definitely be taking it back to have the cab seats done later in the year. I really cannot praise the team highly enough, thankyou so much.

  • Today had our home build camper upholstery built and fitted including front seats recovered to match. Have to say as an quality engineer I am very fussy but the Regal staff exceeded even my expectations and was the cheapest quote of three and wife liked finishing touches of matching cushions Very pleased. Top marks

  • First class service from Mic and his team at Ilkeston they have made an old man very happy. The van looks like new ( well inside) . I can only praise this service as in my book it was excellent on all counts. My sincere thanks to you all.