First, work in small areas no larger than one by one. Spray fabric cleaner into the tip of a soft bristled interior brush and then another very light mist on the surface you’re working. Avoid over soaking the material, as this will take longer to dry than normal cloth. Next, gently tickle the Alcantara surface, until a uniform lather is created.
The bristles of the brush will agitate the dirt to the surface, and suspend the particles within the suds. Before the suds dry, scoop the lifted dirt with a clean, dry microfiber towel. Avoid pushing, twisting, or crushing the Alcantara fibers during the cleaning process, as this will only flatten the texture, and destroy the feel and finish of the material over time.
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Once the area is clean, use a vacuum with a narrow crevice tool attachment to help wick the remaining moisture away from the material and to pull each individual fiber upwards for a fresh, clean look. When I get a new vacuum attachment, I quickly sand any plastic burrs off the tip of the tool with two or three thousand grit sand paper to ensure a smooth, scratch-free glide if any contact is made with this soft material.
Lastly, with a soft bristled brush, gently encourage the fibers to stand up in a uniform pattern, or to create stripes like on a baseball field or living room carpet, just for fun. Alcantara is an amazing fabric. Steering wheels, shifters, seats, door cards, headliners, and even dashboards are covered in this durable and popular material, and with a little extra care now, it’ll last you a very long time.