Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be very hard on leather.
2020 isn’t an easy year for anyone. COVID-19 has changed virtually every aspect of life for people around the world. As we try to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, keeping our hands clean has become a key activity we engage in daily. But the hand sanitizers we use could also have a detrimental effect on the trim in the vehicles we love, specifically with regards to steering wheels.

Many factory-original steering wheels are wrapped in leather, and while they generally feature automotive grade leather with a special top coat for protection, alcohol and petroleum-based products can break down that protective coat very quickly. Pretty much every kind of hand sanitizer is based on alcohol, and with hand sanitizer being used feverishly these days, well, you get the idea.

We recommend a simple mix of soap and water to keep the leather clean without causing damage, and also leather conditioners that don’t have a silicone or petroleum base. Also, there an affordable way to keep your steering wheel in mint condition by using a steering wheel cover.

Whether your steering wheel is starting to show unsightly signs of wear, or you’re simply looking to preserve a wheel that’s still in fine condition, a steering wheel cover is the perfect accessory to get the job done.

This cover easily attaches to your steering wheel to provide a soft and comfortable grip. A better grip on the steering wheel gives you more control on the road.