Answering Some FAQs About Custom Car Seat Covers

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Many people who choose to invest in custom car seat covers as opposed to universal covers have some burning questions in mind. Are custom covers really better than universal ones? Are they safe with airbags? Do I even need car seat covers? If you’ve had any of these questions in mind and are hesitant about switching over to custom covers, read on as we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about custom car seat covers.

Do I even need car seat covers?

Absolutely! Over the years with daily use, your car seats can see a significant amount of wear and tear. If you have kids or pets, seat covers no longer remain a recommendation but become an absolute necessity. From fading due to exposure to sun, sweat and moisture stains, and tears and rips to scratches due to dust and dirt, there’s so much your car seats go through, all of which play a part in lowering the resale value of the car. A car seat cover offers a protective covering to your seats, making them indispensable.

Can car seat covers be washed?

Certainly! Our canvas car seat covers are designed for rough usage and easy clean-up. Canvas is an easy fabric to clean and is waterproof and rot and mildew resistant to boot. For bigger messes, simply take off your seat covers when they get visibly soiled and hand wash with a mild detergent and air dry to help them look good as new again.

Are car seat covers tacky?

Custom car seat covers are available in a number of designs, fabrics and colours. You can choose your style, theme and material and make your car’s interior what you want them to be. And because of their superior quality, they look anything but tacky! The only way a seat cover will look tacky is if you buy a universal cover in the ugly grey shade that is so common or one that is ill-fitting, bunching or tearing or if you buy a cover in a colour that doesn’t go with the rest of your car.

Do seat covers ruin seats?

Quite the opposite! Seat covers actually protect your car’s original seats from all sorts of things like the harsh Australian sun that can fade even the paint on cars, mould and mildew due to excessive humidity or moisture, spills and stains and tears and rips. If your car seats are visibly damaged, car seat covers may even help conceal them until you can get them reupholstered.

Which material is best for car seat covers?

This depends entirely upon how you use your car and how often you use it. For the adventurer, for commercial use or for those in the trades whose seat covers see a significant amount of long, heavy use and are frequently exposed to water, dirt and grime, durable fabrics like canvas or denim are often the best bet. For those who only use their cars for personal use and that too quite infrequently, more expensive materials like leather could be appropriate. For individuals with pets or kids, easy-to-clean materials like canvas, vinyl or velour may be suitable.

Is it safe to use car seat covers?

If they have been specifically designed for the seats of your car, most custom car seat covers are completely safe to use. This is why it is always recommended to choose custom covers as opposed to universal ones, as properly fitting covers are essential for a comfortable and safe ride. For many models that have seat side airbags, seat covers should not be used unless they are clearly labelled as airbag compatible as they could prevent the airbag from deploying safely.

How do I install my car seat covers?

Fitting your custom car seat covers from The Canvas Seat Cover Company is easy. Simply follow the instructions on our Fitting Instructions page or watch the fitment video on our website and you’re good to go!

How do I know what seat covers will fit my car?

At The Canvas Seat Cover Company, we custom make each cover for each model, which means every cover designed for your car will fit perfectly over the seats like a second skin. Use the Product Selector to select the Make of your car, the Model, the Badge/Mark, whether it is Single/Dual/Extra/Van and the Manufacture Year for your perfect fit. Can’t find your car model? Get in touch with us today and our Product and Process Development Team, and Cutting and Sewing Departments can help you get your hands on the custom car seat covers that best suit your car, ute, van, bus or truck.

We hope these answered all the burning questions you had about our custom car seat covers. If you still have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to our friendly representatives and we’ll do our best to answer any queries you have!