Keeping Race Tex interior clean

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Hi! I have a 4s on order, and for various reasons (environmental, animal welfare) considering changing the interior from all black leather to Race tex.

On the other hand we have an 8 month old baby, and the rear seats will probably see the accompanied mess from travelling with a little child, which is why I specced leather in the first place

I have concerns about keeping the RT clean, before I make the move to an all-vegan car. Any viewpoints on this?
 

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I’m told the sport tex in the 911 is basically the same as race tex, and that it wears slightly faster and is slightly harder to clean. I have leather so this is 2nd hand. Most folks around here go for leather unless they are tracking the car.

That said, it’s a fabric and you’d probably be okay if you’re fastidious with a hand vacuum. 8 month old is kinda a lost cause on the cleanliness front. Crumbs and dirt will get everywhere regardless. So ... maybe ?

my genuinely useful piece of advice is to put a thin mat on the seat underneath the baby car seat. The edges of the car seat will seriously wear even leather if placed directly on the back seat. I used something like: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/accessories/apd/a7578680?mkwid=sszZC9cPW&pcrid=101952148149&pkw=&pmt=&pdv=c&slid=&product=A7578680&pgrid=28021835709&pgrid=28021835709&ptaid=pla-954656674712&ptaid=pla-954656674712&VEN1=sszZC9cPW,101952148149,901q5c14135,c,,A7578680,28021835709,pla-954656674712&VEN1=sszZC9cPW,101952148149,901q5c14135,c,,A7578680,28021835709,pla-954656674712&VEN2=,&VEN2=,&dgc=st&dgc=st&dgseg=bsd&dgseg=so&acd=12309152537501410&acd=12309152537501410&cid=298721&st=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5fOSvKT75gIVEvDACh1QNQRwEAQYAiABEgIYIfD_BwE&lid=5704670&VEN3=110305272336953089

but there are more substantial products for dogs and those would probably solve your problem entirely.
 

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I have had Alcantara and kids in a previous car and they do not mix.... it was a nightmare, it could be kept clean but needed much more than a simple vacuum and wipe down that leather does.

I would not recommend it.
 

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I sat in a Taycan with RaceTex and since the fabric isn't smooth like the leather version, really need a vacuum to keep it clean. Can't just brush things that are little (think food crumbs) off the seat with your hands. I have little kids so I ended deciding to go with leather.
 

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I sat in a Taycan with RaceTex and since the fabric isn't smooth like the leather version, really need a vacuum to keep it clean. Can't just brush things that are little (think food crumbs) off the seat with your hands. I have little kids so I ended deciding to go with leather.
That’s exactly why I went back to leather. As much as I like the idea of Race-Tex, with kids, who I know will eat in the back seats, I need the easier to clean option.
 

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