How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Wiping Down Leather Seat

Many Lake City drivers opt to add leather seats in their vehicles. They give a pristine, luxurious look and feel, but leather seat care differs from cloth seat upkeep. At Serra Volkswagen of Traverse City, we want to lengthen the lifespan of your leather seats, which is why we teach you how to clean leather car seats. Contact us for more car tips and tricks.

Tips on How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Here are tips on how to clean leather car seats for the utmost leather seat care. Follow these steps, Kalkaska drivers, to keep your leather seats looking good:

  1. Vacuum your leather seats and all the crevices to remove dust, dirt, and debris.
  2. Apply a pH-neutral cleaning solution to your upholstery. However, make sure you do not get any liquid cleaner into rips or tears.
  3. Gently clean the leather upholstery using a microfiber cloth and soft-bristled brush.
  4. You can apply an approved leather conditioner using a clean microfiber cloth now that you have clean seats. Let the conditioner dry before you buff it with another clean, soft cloth.
  5. Although you do not have to use a leather conditioner, it does keep your leather seats healthy and prevents the leather from cracking. 

What Cleaning Products to Avoid on Leather Seats?

To wash your seats quickly, you need to use a colorless, damp rag to dust your leather seats. However, if you want to wash your car seats thoroughly, we recommend using warm water with a tiny bit of soap or specially made leather cleaner to wipe down your seats. 

You also want to check your owner’s manual for further information. Whatever cleaner you choose, there are a few things to avoid:

  • Sharp cleaning supplies that may scratch the leather
  • Household cleaner
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

Additional Leather Care Tips

  1. While on the go, keep a bottle of leather cleaning solution and microfiber cloths in your vehicle. This way, you keep your leather seat care top-notch no matter where you are.
  2. If you have a garage or carport, it is ideal for storing your vehicle with leather upholstery as much as possible as extreme temperatures affect the leather.
  3. When running errands in Bellaire, be sure to park your car in a shaded area to avoid the harsh sun.

Want to Know More About Cleaning Leather Car Seats?

Our service team can help you purchase the correct cleaner for your leather seats. We hope you feel more confident with how to clean leather car seats. If you prefer, our team can detail your leather seats for you at our dealership in Traverse City. Take a look at our service specials.


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