How To Clean Leather Car Seats

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Regular detailing at your local Redding dealership should be a part of your auto maintenance plan, but at-home leather seat care between scheduled visits can help keep your car seats looking like new for longer. With the right cleaning products, you can easily clean and condition car seat leather at home in Anderson. Keep reading to learn how to clean leather car seats properly, and reach out to the SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT service center if you have any further car-care questions!


How to Keep Leather Seats Looking Like New

In addition to professional detailing every six months or so, we recommend spending a few minutes each week on DIY leather seat care. As long as you have the right supplies, cleaning and conditioning your leather upholstery at home in Chico is easy! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when learning how to clean leather car seats properly:

  • Dust Regularly — Keep a microfiber cloth in the glove box so that you can quickly wipe down your car seats. This helps protect the leather because particles on the seats can grind in and scratch the leather.
  • Weekly Vacuuming — Regular vacuuming will prevent debris buildup in between the seats and on your car’s floor mats. It’s also important to vacuum the seats before applying any cleaning or conditioning products because you’ll remove any particles that could cause scratches.
  • Safe Cleaning Supplies — Find out which leather seat care products are required for your make and model’s upholstery. You can find manufacturer-approved cleaning and conditioning products available to order in our online parts catalog.
  • Proper Cleaning Technique — It’s best to apply cleaning products and conditioner in one small area at a time, rather than on all the leather at once. After applying, rub in thoroughly with a microfiber cloth. Take extra care with perforated leather, because too much product may accidentally soak through the perforations.
  • Weekly Conditioning — Frequent conditioning will help maintain a protective layer on your car seat leather surface. Microfiber cloths are best for applying products because they’re gentle on the leather.
  • Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure — Direct sunlight can bleach or dull your car seat leather over time. If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, a window sunshade is a great investment for your leather seat care.

Safe Cleaning Products for Leather Seat Care

Not all leather seat care products are safe for your car’s upholstery, so it’s important to check your owner’s manual or call a certified service center to be sure. Here’ a checklist of what you should have hand before you get started:

  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Stack of microfiber cloths
  • PH-neutral cleaning solution
  • Manufacturer-recommended leather seat care products

Products to Avoid for Leather Seat Care

What happens if something spills on your car seat while you’re out driving in Red Bluff? If you need to clean up a spill but don’t have your usual leather seat care supplies on hand, water and a few drops of household liquid cleaning soap will work in a pinch. However, the following products can damage car seat leather and should never be used for cleaning:

  • Furniture polish
  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Household spray or liquid cleaner
  • Dark-colored cloths
  • Detergents

Rely on SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT for DIY Auto Maintenance Tips 

Now that you know how to clean leather car seats, how about exploring all the auto maintenance you can perform at home in Red Bluff? Contact us to speak with an expert technician about how to check engine oil, monitor transmission fluid levels, and more!

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