How To Clean Leather Car Seats

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How To Clean Leather Car Seats

If you want to keep your leather seats in tip-top condition, you should know how to clean leather car seats safely and effectively.

A set of leather seats can give your car a classic, luxurious and timeless look. However, car seats tend to get smeared with crumbs, dirt, and spills over time, and this can make your seats look sticky and unattractive. So, it’s important to clean them whenever necessary to keep them in good shape.

In this article, we will show you how to effectively clean leather seats with professional cleaning tools or with household products. Let's get started!

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How To Clean Leather Car Seats

Cleaning your leather car seats is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, it's quite easy if you have the right tools and a little bit of know-how. A leather cleaner and conditioner kit will do the trick, but be sure to use a good quality product.

A set of microfiber cloths is also necessary to remove the dirt from your leather upholstery. Here is how to clean your leather seats:

  • Start by vacuuming the seats to suck up any large particles of dirt and debris. Then use a can of compressed air to blow out dirt from in between the seat cracks.
  • Next, apply some leather cleaner on to the car seats according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let your cleaner sit for a few minutes.
  • Then start wiping off the formula with a damp microfiber cloth. Work your hand in a very soft, circular motion for better results.
  • Apply some leather conditioner to the seats. The conditioner replenishes the natural oils in the leather and helps keep it supple.
  • Take a clean dry microfiber cloth to wipe up excess conditioner.
  • Lastly, let your car air dry for at least one hour, but three to four hours would be ideal.
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That's it! Job well done and now you can sit back and enjoy that squeaky clean, soft and smooth leather interior.

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How To Clean Leather Car Seats With Household Products

if you don't want to shell out on leather cleaning products, there are some household items that will do the trick. A good DIY cleaner for leather is a simple mixture of white vinegar and water. Just fill up a spray bottle about three-quarters full with vinegar and then top up the rest with warm water.

  • Start by vacuuming the seats to suck up any large particles of dirt and debris. Then use a can of compressed air to blow out dirt from in between the seat cracks.
  • Next, spray some cleaning solution (vinegar-water) on the seat and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Then start wiping off the formula with a damp microfiber cloth. Work your hand in a very soft, circular motion for better results.
  • Lastly, let your car air dry for at least one hour, but three to four hours would be ideal.
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There you have it! Your car seats are now clean and ready to hop on.

You should lightly clean your seats every month or so, but try to deep clean them every three to four years. You may want to do this more often if your leather is light-coloured or if you notice grime accumulating.

Some Do's and Don'ts to Clean Leather Car Seats

Whatever approach you decide to take to cleaning your seats, there are some tips worth following:

  • Make sure you spot-test your cleaning product in a hidden area, to make sure it is safe for your seats.
  • Thoroughly vacuum the car before cleaning. This will ensure no grit will scratch your leather as you go.
  • Go slowly.
  • Don't let the wet solution dry on the seats, work it in with your cloth until it has been absorbed.
  • Don't use hard-bristled brushes. These can damage the leather. Instead, go for a soft toothbrush, or a speciality car cleaning brush.