How to Soften a Vinyl Seat

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How to Soften a Vinyl Seat
Seats with vinyl upholstery can harden and develop tears with age. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Vinyl upholstery that is used to cover car seats and house furniture will harden over time due to grime build-up and age. When vinyl is not properly cared for, it becomes easier for it to rip and tear. This is a preventable if you soften the vinyl. To do this, apply multiple coats of a vinyl conditioner to the upholstery after cleaning it thoroughly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Vacuum
  • Plastic container
  • Dish soap
  • Cloth
  • Vinyl conditioner
  • Vinyl protectant

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen any dirt or debris on the vinyl by lightly brushing it with a soft bristle brush. Remove it from the vinyl by using a vacuum. Change attachments if necessary to clean any hard-to-reach areas.

  2. 2

    Add warm water to a plastic container, then add a drop or two of dish soap. Dip a clean cloth in the soap and water mixture. Rub the surface of the vinyl with the cloth.

  3. 3

    Wipe the soapy residue from the vinyl using a clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply vinyl conditioner to another clean cloth. Rub the conditioner over the surface of the vinyl. Allow the conditioner to set for five to 10 minutes, then dry the vinyl. Repeat this step until the upholstery is soft to the touch.

  5. 5

    Apply the vinyl protectant to the surface of the upholstery to keep it soft.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using a stiff bristle brush as this can cause the upholstery to tear.

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