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What is alcantara on your steering wheel and how to clean it so it doesn't look ugly

What is alcantara on your steering wheel and how to clean it so it doesn't look ugly

What is alcantara on your steering wheel and how to clean it so it doesn't look ugly

Alcantara  is a textile material, manufactured to cover different surfaces, generally as upholstery in vehicles. This material, soft to the touch and similar to velvet and suede, was designed by the Italian company Alcantara Spa . at its plant in Nera Montoro, Terni, Italy.

Its use in upholstery in car interiors, in elements such as doors, dashboards or seats, among others, is well known. It is a high-end fabric, used alone or associated with leather.

It has a smooth texture, elegant interwoven appearance, breathable, resistant, washable and soft in texture. This material can form small balls on its surface due to use, rubbing and improper cleaning.

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How to clean it so it doesn't look ugly?

When this material gets dirty it gives the appearance that it has become old, as it loses that velvety texture. The material has not worn, only that with time and use it absorbs sweat and dust. An unpleasant layer of fat forms on the Alcantara, giving it that old look.

But that can be avoided by properly washing the delicate material. That is why here we tell you an effective technique to leave it as new.


Alcantara is a high-end fabric, used alone or associated with leather


  • Use any fabric cleaner, preferably one for cars.
  • Spray the cleaner in parts. Don't spray too much, if the entire steering wheel gets too wet it will cause the Alcantara to become brittle when it dries.
  • Then take a damp microfiber cloth and gently rub the area where you sprayed
  • Use another dry microfiber cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible, rubbing again to try to restore the fluffy texture and allow to dry.
  • Once it is dry and to restore its softness, take a clean toothbrush and gently brush the material.
  • You can use the same technique in other areas lined with Alcantara.


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