Are you looking to buy a fuzzy steering wheel cover? Are you however wondering if you can wash it when it gets dirty? It’s one of those things that you don’t think about until it’s time to clean it – and then you’re not sure if it’s even possible.
Can you wash a fuzzy steering wheel cover? The answer is yes, you can wash a fuzzy steering wheel cover. However, maximum care should be taken when washing. By washing, I mean, either by hand or machine.
This does not mean regular washing by the way. Let me just make that clear from the onset! but there are a few things you need to know before you get started. In this article, we will discuss the best way to clean your fuzzy steering wheel cover and how to prevent it from getting dirty in the first place!
Fuzzy steering wheel cover
Before we proceed, I want you to see a fuzzy steering wheel cover in your mind’s eye. Fuzzy steering wheel covers are fluffy microfiber covers with a great touch and warm feel. They are mostly anti-skidding, stable, and heat resistant.
Fuzzy steering wheels covers are perfect for the winter or cold seasons as they ensure that the steering wheel stays warm and comfortable for your hands to touch. Therefore, when it is cold outside, you can take off your gloves and drive with bare hands and still have a delightful driving experience.
When exposed to much water or cleaning agents these fuzzy steering wheel cover can lose their appearance. However, if dirt or stains become visible on a fuzzy steering wheel cover, you can easily clean it.
Why should you wash your fuzzy steering wheel cover?
It is noteworthy that, like all steering wheel covers, a fuzzy steering wheel cover can get extremely dirty. Studies have shown that the steering wheel is one of the dirtiest but most neglected areas in a car.
In addition, the steering wheel is two times, six times, and four times dirtier when compared to elevator buttons, smartphone screens, and home toilet seats respectively.
I hope the above statics have given you enough reason to regularly clean your steering wheel or its cover.
How to clean your fuzzy steering wheel cover
Is your fuzzy leather steering wheel cover looking a little bit worse for wear? If it’s starting to shed, or the color is fading, it might be time to give it a good cleaning.
A fuzzy steering wheel cover can spruce up the interior of your car but if not maintained and cleaned properly, it may later be aesthetically unpleasing.
Washing a fuzzy steering wheel cover is not complicated at all. However, bear in mind that, they are delicate and can easily get damaged at high temperatures.
There a 2 ways of washing a fuzzy steering wheel cover, They are hand wash and machine wash.
- Remove the cover from your steering wheel and vacuum any loose dirt or dust.
- If any spots seem particularly stubborn, you can pre-treat them with a stain remover or spot cleaner.
- Once you’ve pre-treated any spots, it’s time to wash the cover. You can do this by hand in your sink with some mild detergent.
- Dry it completely
- Fix the steering wheel cover on your steering wheel.
- If you choose to machine wash your cover, be sure to put it in a mesh laundry bag to prevent it from tangling with other items in your wash.
- Once it’s been washed, allow your steering wheel cover to air dry completely before putting it back on your steering wheel.
Whether washed by hand or machine, once dry, to maintain an aesthetically pleasing look of your fuzzy steering wheel cover, simply use a comb to gently comb through the surface fibers and continue to enjoy its use. Do not comb from the “roots” as this is likely to cause damage.
Even more simply, you can just shake to fluff our fuzzy steering wheel again.
How to prevent fuzzy steering wheel cover from becoming dirty
Fuzzy steering wheel covers are readily absorbent of a lot of dry and wet things. They also gather dust and dirt quickly. They soak up oil or moisture from the hands so easily, leaving their fluffy look, flat.
To prevent your steering wheel cover from becoming too dirty and losing its appeal you should:
1. Regularly wiping with a damp cloth
A good way to keep your fuzzy steering wheel cover clean is by regularly wiping it with a damp cloth. Do this as often as you can and definitely after every drive. This ensures that the stain does not seep deep into the cover and makes it more tedious to clean or even stain it permanently.
2. Avoid Exposing it to sunlight
You should also avoid exposing it to direct sunlight as this could make it fade or discolor over time. I know this explanation sounds lame because steering wheels are mostly exposed to sunlight when driving.
But, you can park your car in the shade or use a steering wheel cover that has UV protection if you are going to be driving for long periods in direct sunlight.
3. Avoid using harsh chemicals
Harsh chemicals will damage the fibers of your fuzzy steering wheel cover and leave it looking dull and matted. If you must use a cleaner, use a mild soap or detergent and avoid using any bleach or fabric softener.
4. Avoid spilling foods or Drinks
In addition, be careful not to spill any food or drinks on it. If this happens, immediately wipe it off with a clean cloth, and also remember to wipe your hands off any excess food or drinks after eating before you touch your steering wheel.
5. Avoid using hard bristle brushes
Finally, use detailing brushes with soft bristles when cleaning your fuzzy steering wheel cover. Hard bristle brushes will damage the fibers, leaving your steering wheel cover looking old and matted.
To conclude, Fuzzy steering wheel covers can be machine-washed or hand-washed. If you choose to machine wash, use a mesh laundry bag to prevent tangling. Allow the cover to air dry completely before putting it back on your steering wheel.
To maintain an aesthetically pleasing look, simply use a comb to gently comb through the surface fibers or shake to fluff.
Avoid exposing your fuzzy steering wheel cover to direct sunlight, harsh chemicals, or hard bristle brushes.
Be careful not to spill any food or drinks on it and immediately wipe it off with a clean cloth if this happens.
By following the above tips, you can keep your fuzzy steering wheel cover looking new for a long time. Do you
Now that you know how to wash your fuzzy steering wheel cover, I hope you’ll take good care of it and enjoy its fluffy feel for years to come. Thanks for reading!
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