For most bus owners and transport departments in various institutions, maintenance is one of the biggest issues. It mainly involves ensuring optimum functionality especially engine health. However, the bus interior is an often-overlooked important aspect of maintenance. Seat covers usually suffer the most due to old age wear and tear and outright vandalism. Here are highlights on the factors that lead to rapid deterioration of bus covers and ways one can minimize these effects.
Causes of Wear in Bus Covers
Vandalism is the primary cause of bus covers’ destruction in school buses and even public transport. However, seat covers wear out faster depending on the level of stress they experience. Consequently, the covers of seats in school buses age faster than those on tour buses. The reason being, the number of school kids transported daily is significantly higher. Besides, older passengers are more considerate of their bus manners than kids.
Weather condition such as direct sunlight and extreme temperatures also affect the durability of bus seat covers. Manufacturers have taken the first step in safeguarding bus covers by introducing vinyl covers. They offer protection against damage from ultraviolet rays.
Here are some ways of effectively maintaining bus seat covers to keep the interior of the vehicle looking elegant and new.
- Regular Cleaning
Keeping the covers clean is the main way of extending the lifespan of seat covers. A monthly cleaning routine using only soap and water is sufficient. Frequent or use of harsh cleaning detergents will destroy the vinyl faster.
- Shade Parking
As earlier mentioned, direct sunlight and heat are chief causes of bus seat covers’ destruction. Parking the bus in the shade can mitigate the effects. Additionally, it can be parked depending on the source of the rays such that the rays are not concentrated on one side of the bus.
- Inspect for Signs of Wear or Damages
Torn seams, blisters, and rack are the earliest signs of stress on the seats. If they are irreparable, replace the covers as soon as possible. Again if there is visible foam, then it is time to replace the seats because the cover’s fire blocking abilities have been destroyed.
- Don’t Repair Damaged Covers, Replace
It is true that there are experts who can mend damaged bus seat covers. However, they use chemicals which might do more harm to the cushion. Most new seat covers have been made to fit perfectly over other existing covers.
- Find a Reputable Supplier
In the eventuality that the covers have to be replaced, you should not rush to purchase them from any supplier. Deal only with reputable suppliers who have authenticated materials. Additionally, ensure the bus seat covers are from a trustworthy manufacturer.