Yes, I have a 2004 F-150 and my seats do the same thing. They are also grey. It's stupid. I am not sure why it does this, but I have not really looked into it. I just try not to get my seats wet....but it is a truck ya know....? Funny thing too....there was like white powder in my seats...does yours have this powder substance?
Ok, great. Please let me know, cause I would like to clean mine, but I am affraid that whatever I do might leave a huge water mark. Don't let them charge you. It's not like something you did, ya know? Thanks, hope to hear from ya.
The cloth material for the seats are just, plain crap. The cloth stains very easily and is of poor quality. I also found that the leather equipped vehicles have problems with cracking, fading, and tearing.
I know of a 1986 Volvo with over 400,000 miles on the odometer and the leather interior looks like brand new! It all depends on quality, and Ford must have forgotten about the old slogan.....................
As a carpet and upholstery cleaner I think I need to chime in on this one.
First question is what is getting the seat wet? A spill of water is one thing but sweat is another.
The white stains you see are usually caused by minerals in the water, such as salt from sweat. When it evaporates the minerals are left behind. Having your seats professionally cleaned SHOULD remove the marks.
I doubt this condition will be covered under your warranty as it is not a defect but an effect caused by the seat getting wet.
P.S. don't trust your local car wash to remove the spots, call a professional!
Even cheap leather will last a lifetime if properly cleaned and treated. Heat and low humidity are hard on leather but with a little care it can retain it's luster for years and years. Your friend with the Volvo must have maintained his interior for it to last that long. I'm sure Ford leather would do the same with the proper care.
The white marks are minerals left behind when the water evaporates. Think of the salt flats in Utah. It used to be covered with salt water, when the water evaporated the salt was left behind.
Remember too that your seats need to be vacuumed or they get very dusty. Go out to your truck, hit the seat with your hand and see what happens. A dusty seat doesn't help matters any.
Scotchguarding help but only so much. People think their carpet and upholstery is bullet proof after they have it done and it's just not so, especially with upholstery. Doing it yourself is your best bet. Treating it multiple times with light coats is better than one or two heavy coats.
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