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Sheepskin Seat Cover

Learn about the many benefits of the ubiquitous sheepskin seat cover.

A sheepskin seat cover can enhance the look and comfort of an automobile's upholstery. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
A sheepskin seat cover can enhance the look and comfort of an automobile's upholstery.

Putting a sheepskin seat cover on car seats can be beneficial for a number of reasons. And while sheep may not strongly endorse the concept, many car mavens enthusiastically do.

Why use a sheepskin seat cover?

Why do car owners consider seat covers? For some people, it is a matter of protecting the upholstery on their car seats. When one considers the wear and tear that seats take from drivers and passengers repeatedly sliding in and out of a car, over and over again, for many years, it is no wonder that the fibers of the seat's surface erode and weaken.

Other people use seat covers in their vehicles because they need to cover up a rip, stain or other problem with the upholstery. Some others choose seat covers because they are more comfortable on the skin in hot or cold temperatures or because of other fabric imperfections.

And still other people choose to use seat covers because they like the way they look.

Seat covers made many years ago did not fit cars well, and often were either uncomfortable or ugly. Today, however, manufacturers offer a variety of fabrics, styles, colors and patterns, most of which fit better and stay in place over the long run.

As an example, the online retailer Seat Covers Unlimited offers car seat covers in camouflage, a favorite of hunters and campers; cordura-canvas; cow print; cow print velour; diamond velour; Dorchester, an extra-thick, single-color fabric intended especially for heavy-duty use such as by people who have lots of pets or children; gazelle; giraffe; Hawaiian; leopard; saddle blanket; vinyl; tweed; zebra fur; imitation sheepskin and genuine sheepskin, which is marketed as "the most comfortable seat cover on the market today."

Today's higher quality seat covers are designed to fit seats tightly, and are custom made for almost every make and model of automobile.

The operative word is "quality." Despite the generally higher quality of seat covers, one important thing to keep in mind is that not all seat covers are made the same. Generally speaking, cheaper seat covers are more likely to fit car seats improperly, continuously slide off the seat or twist up with repeated use.

Sheepskin Seat Covers are a Popular Choice

One of the best things about sheepskin is that it keeps drivers and passengers cool in the heat of the summer months and warm in the colder temperatures of the winter months. Indeed, many convertibles feature sheepskin seat covers.

Shearcomfort.com indicates that, in addition to the natural insulation that sheepskin provides, it also helps to provide extra support for the body. This, in turn, reduces pressure points on the body, and keeps drivers and passengers more comfortable for a longer period of time, even on long car rides.

Sheepskin seat covers, like most seat cover varieties, are available in a variety of styles and colors for a variety of applications. For example, Seatcovers.net, among many others, offers sheepskin seat covers for bucket, bench or split bench seats, arm rests, head rests and center consoles. On a safety note, sheepskin seat covers - and a number of other types of seat covers - do, indeed, accommodate air bags.

Taking Care of Sheepskin Seat Covers

The best way to care for sheepskin seat covers, as with any fabric, is to frequently vacuum the car's seats in order to ensure that dust and dirt are picked up on a timely basis. In addition, one can carefully use a wire brush or a wide-tooth comb to preserve the seat covers.

For regular bucket seats, of which applicable cars would have at least two, owners are advised to rotate the passenger and driver side seat covers. This simple maintenance tip can help to ensure a longer life expectancy for the seat covers because it helps to even out the wear they receive.

To clean sheepskin seat covers, a good first rule of thumb is to check first with the manufacturer for recommendations. Generally, one may opt for professional cleaning or a do-it-yourself approach. Sheepskin seat covers can be placed in a washing machine on the gentle cycle with cold water. A liquid wool washing soap is recommended. The seat covers should then be hung to dry.

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