How to Clean Leather Car Seats

how to clean leather seats

Who doesn’t love leather seats in a new car? They’re certainly popular with our Cincinnati customers. It’s easy to see why. Leather seats are comfortable. They look great. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, leather seats can sear or crack over time, unless they are properly maintained. But leather seat care is not quite as simple as caring for cloth seats. So, let’s talk about how to clean leather car seats the right way.

Leather Seat Care

Sunlight can do a number on leather seats, causing them to crack or fade. That is especially true during hot Blue Ash summers. That’s why it’s best to keep your car parked in a garage or under a carport or shady tree, if you can. Not everyone can do that, of course. If you have to park in the sun, inexpensive car shades can make a world of difference.

Regularly cleaning them is also important, but leather seats need to be cleaned correctly. Incorrectly cleaning leather seats can actually cause damage. Find out how to clean leather car seats properly below. 

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Check to see if your seats are perforated (the leather has little holes). If they are perforated, take care not to allow water or cleaning fluid to get trapped in the holes. You can do this by spraying cleaner on the microfiber cloth you’re using instead of directly on the seats. Here’s how to perform proper leather seat care:

Get the proper supplies

  • Vacuum
  • Saddle soap or other leather cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush, microfiber cloths
  • Leather conditioner

Follow these steps:

  • Carefully vacuum the seats in such a way so as not to rub in dirt
  • Clean the seat with the cleaner and a microfiber cloth
  • Apply the leather conditioner

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