How to Clean Leather Car Seats

The appeal of leather car seats is difficult to overstate. Although drivers from Danville to Mattoon love these luxurious interior components, keeping them in like-new condition is harder than one might think. That said, it only takes a moment to learn how to clean leather car seats and keep them looking their best for years to come!

How Do You Keep Leather Seats in Good Condition?

Complete auto detailing will leave your car feeling like new, but if you’re anything like most drivers, bringing your driver into the cleaners is only feasible from time to time. Luckily, there are a few simple leather seat care tricks you can take care of at home:

  • Vacuum Your Seats: Picking up debris with a vacuum will help to minimize scratches and wear that might lead to a decline in quality.
  • Clean Your Seats: Choose a pH-neutral cleaner, and apply it to a soft-bristled brush. Work gently to avoid scratching the material, and if your seats are perforated, take care to avoid letting excess fluid soak in.
  • Condition Your Seats: Conditioning your leather seats with a proper cleaning product is never a bad idea. Take a microfiber cloth and gently apply the conditioner as you see fit.
  • Avoid Sun Damage: You might be surprised to hear that sun damage can have an enormous impact on your luxury vehicle’s interior. Park in a garage, underneath a shady tree, or employ a car cover.
Wiping down leather car seat

How to Clean Leather Car Seats: Products and Process

As we noted above, the best way to clean leather car seats is to use a specialized leather cleaner, applied gently with a soft-bristled brush. In a pinch, warm water mixed with soap is usable as well, but you’ll want to make sure you’re using a leather-safe solution. Check your owner’s manual or contact our parts department to find the cleaner that’s perfect for your vehicle. You’ll definitely want to stay away from each of the following:

  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Household cleaner
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

Of course, cleaning your leather seats in this way takes time. If you’re in a hurry, simply take a damp, colorless rag and wipe it gently across each seating surface. This will remove dust and restore some shine.

Get More Luxury Car Care Tips from the Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc!

Gently brushing leather car seat

It’s never too early (or too late) to start taking good care of the vehicle you love! Our team can help you with everything from cleaning floor mats to collision repair, so feel free to schedule service if you feel like you could use a helping hand or a guiding word. Check out our Cadillac and Chevy service coupons, too!


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