Leather interior can look wonderful in your vehicle, but only if they are properly maintained. If you don’t maintain your leather frequently, it can easily accumulate grime or cracks from normal wear and use. Cleaning and treating your seats on a regular basis help to keep dirt and other abrasive elements from damaging them, extending the life of the leather.

Are you unsure how to maintain leather car seats correctly? Don’t be concerned! This tutorial will teach you all you need to know about properly cleaning your leather seats. For those who are new to the process, we’ll go through some dos and don’ts. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Vacuum

You’ll really ought to hoover your leather interior before you start cleaning them to get rid of any dirt, hair, or even other dirt. This will keep these contaminants from becoming embedded in the leather and destroying its surface. Please remember that if you end up crushing debris or dirt into your car’s leather upholstery, you won’t be able to clean them effectively.

When feasible, clean your leather seats and interior thoroughly using a heavy-duty shop-vac (or even a household vacuum machine with a hose). You’ll also want to vacuum up any debris or dirt that has accumulated in cracks. To vacuum those hard-to-reach spots, insert the vacuum head into the gap between your leather seats’ resting surfaces and backrest surfaces.

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Step 2: Clean the area using a cleaning product

After that, you’ll have to wipe the leather to remove any spots and bacteria that have built up over time. You can buy a professional cleaning solution or build your own with common household items.

Do not use the cleaning fluid immediately on your leather interior, regardless of whatever option you choose. Instead, dampen a soft cloth with some solution but not completely wet it. Car leather cleaner are simple to use and can be found in most auto shops). However, avoid buying a cleaning solution that contains ammonia or bleach, as these chemicals might harm your leather.

If you wish to produce your own leather cleaning solution, combine warm water with 5-part regular dishwashing detergent and 1 part Castile soaps (a form of vegetable oil-based soap). In a pail, combine the leather cleaning soap and the micro fibre cloth you’ll be using to wipe the seats.

Step 3: Use a Microfiber Cloth to Clean

After you’ve finished the previous two procedures, start scrubbing your leather interior with a soft microfiber soaked with the cleaning fluid. Don’t over-clean your leather surfaces by saturating them with cleaning fluid. Drenched leather takes a very long time to recover and, if not dried correctly, might get fungal.

Rub any spots or dirt areas you see with your micro fibre cloth until they are removed. If the spots haven’t settled in the leather, you should be able to remove them with only a little elbow work. Further stubborn stains and markings may need more washing to completely remove.

Step 4: Clean and Dry the Surface

It’s critical to remember that you can’t leave your leather interior wet overnight or let them air dry on their own. In many circumstances, this will cause the leather to distort and fracture. Instead, after wiping, use a second, dry microfiber cloth to dry your leather seats.

It’s totally natural for some moisture to remain in the fabric of your leather seats. To reduce the risk of mould or material degradation, the objective is to eliminate the bulk of the moisture.