Alcantara is a unique, innovative, composite material that is increasingly being used to cover and upholster interior surfaces in prestige and performance cars. Alcantara combines a soft, enveloping quality with high wear resistance and incredible ease of maintenance, providing that appropriate cleaning methods and products are used. To preserve the beauty of Alcantara we recommend that you clean it regularly but avoid wetting it too deeply, scrubbing it too much or using high temperature steaming equipment. On a weekly basis, you should simply aim to dust all Alcantara surfaces down using a soft brush and/or a vacuum cleaner. Once or twice a year, you should clean all Alcantara surfaces more thoroughly, to remove bodily oils and embedded dirt and grime. On such occasions we recommend the use of Swissvax Alcanta, as it comprises a solvent-free, water-based cleaning solution that is designed to gently lift general soiling without any need for significant wetting of the surfaces being cleaned.
Seat covers and interior surfaces trimmed with Alcantara are relatively robust and hard wearing, although care is needed when it comes to routine cleaning. The use of conventional fabric cleaners is generally problematic, as they typically contain chemicals and solvents that can weaken Alcantara fibres and damage the ultra fine pile. Swissvax Alcanta is designed to address this problem, as it comprises a mild, solvent-free, biodegradable cleaning solution that is designed to safely and effectively lift general soiling from Alcantara surfaces without any need for significant wetting or over-enthusiastic agitation. Unlike many automotive fabric cleaners, Swissvax Alcanta does not contain soap, detergents, toxic organics, phosphates, nitrates or caustics, which makes it non-hazardous, non-flammable, non-toxic, non-explosive, non-fuming, non-caustic and absolutely ideal for cleaning delicate Alcantara surfaces.
Swissvax Alcanta comes pre-diluted to the correct strength for safe use on all Alcantara surfaces, and should thus be used neat. For stain removal, we recommend that it is sprayed on to affected areas lightly and then agitated gently using a Swissvax Cleaning Brush. This will produce a slightly foamy lather, which may discolour as any soiling is progressively released. The lather should be soaked up using a Swissvax Micro Absorb Towel, and the surface then left to dry naturally. For general cleaning duties, Swissvax Alcanta should be sprayed on lightly and then worked into the surface thoroughly with a dabbing action before being soaked up using a Swissvax Micro Absorb Towel.
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