How to Use Car Seat Covers

January 21, 2024

Car seat covers can protect the upholstery from spills, stains, pet fur and more. They can also make the car look more stylish, and some cover up worn or damaged areas of the seat. However, they are not invincible, and regular maintenance is needed to keep them looking good for years to come.

Before you install your cover, start with a clean seat. Vacuum the nooks and crannies to remove dust, crumbs, and other debris. This will make it easier to get the cover on and off.

You can buy covers made from a variety of fabrics. Some are marketed as being flame-resistant or water-repellent, which is useful if you live in an area with a lot of rain. Some are even designed to reduce the risk of mildew on or in the fabric.

Whether the cover is washable or not, it's important to read the care instructions. Many manufacturers don't want you to submerge the straps in water, so be sure to check your manual or contact the manufacturer for details. In most cases, though, a wet cloth or toothbrush (with water, not toothpaste!) can be used to clean straps and other hard-to-reach places like the chest clip and buckle tongue.

Some car seat covers include a layer that goes under the baby, or between the baby's body and the harness straps, similar to a sleeping bag. These are not safe, and they can prevent a child from being properly buckled in. You can use a cold-weather cover that zips over the seat after your baby is securely buckled in, but only if it does not go under or between your child and the harness straps.

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