How to Clean Leather Car Seats

It’s easy to neglect your car’s interior, especially when it comes to keeping the seats clean; however, keeping the leather seats in great condition can really make your car stand out. You’ll want to remove surface dirt, clean the leather, and condition the seats regularly. While this may sound labor intensive, the steps are actually quite simple, and when done regularly, cleaning is a breeze. Below are quick ways of getting this done:

1.) Check to see if your car seats have any perforated areas

If so, take care not to get water, cleanser or conditioner stuck down into the holes, this will later cause unpleasant dots on the material.

2.) Vacuum the seats

Use a vacuum hose and attachment to suck up any large particles of dirt. Use extreme care so you don’t scratch the leather. You could also use an air compressor to blow out dirt from in between the seat cracks. There are handy vacuum cleaners for cars in the market today. You can order one from our online store here.

3.) Remove surface dirt

If your seats are really dirty, you’ll be able to see a layer of grime on the leather; however, even seemingly clean seats will have a layer of dirt and grime that’s accumulated over time. Spray a microfiber towel with cleaner and wipe over the seats. Use leather cleaner, saddle soap, or another mild leather soap.

4.) Use a brush to deep clean the leather

Spray the cleaner directly onto your seats and use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the leather. This will agitate the dirt and bring it to the surface.  If you have perforated leather seats, avoid spraying cleaner onto the seats. Instead, spray the bristle brush and use it to scrub the leather. Then, wipe dry with a microfiber cloth. You can order a microfiber cloth from our online store here.

5.) Wipe the seats clean

Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to wipe off the cleaning agent that you scrubbed into the leather. You should notice dirt, oil, and grime on the cloth.

6.) Regularly clean your seats

While you should lightly clean your seats every month or so, try to deep clean your seats 3 to 4 times a year. You may want to do this more often if you have light-colored leather or if you begin to notice grime building up.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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