How to Clean Leather Car Seats

A person cleaning leather car seats with a sponge

One way to up the comfort and appeal of any vehicle is to opt for leather seats if they’re available. Leather seats never got out of style, and their supple softness feels great on drives around Portland. But do you know how to clean leather car seats? Don’t worry — it’s easy! The service team at Dick Hannah RAM has all the leather seat care tips you need, along with lots of other auto service tips and tricks to keep your vehicle in great shape! 

What Cleaning Products Should Be Used?

Most of the items you need for proper leather seat care are already in your cleaning supplies. If not, they’re easy to find at most Beaverton stores that sell cleaning supplies. You’ll need a light-colored rag for dusting, leather cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and warm water to wipe down the surfaces. A soft-bristled cleaning brush, vacuum cleaner, and leather conditioner are also recommended. Your owner’s manual can guide you on the specific leather cleaner best suited for your seats. No matter what cleanser it suggests, here’s what you don’t want to use: 

  • Sharp objects that may scratch, like hard-bristled cleaning brushes
  • Household cleaner
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

Steps for How to Clean Leather Car Seats

  1. Vacuum the crevices of your seats to remove any dust, dirt, or debris. 
  2. Apply a pH-neutral cleaning solution — your leather cleaner — to your upholstery making sure to avoid getting any liquid cleaner into any perforations. 
  3. Use a microfiber cloth and soft-bristled brush to gently clean the leather upholstery. 
  4. Apply an approved leather conditioner to your seats, and gently work in using a clean microfiber cloth. Let the conditioner dry and then buff in with another clean microfiber cloth. Using a leather conditioner will help keep your seats supple and avoid cracking. 

Additional Leather Seat Care Tips

  • Keep a travel bottle of leather cleaning solution and clean microfiber cloths on hand in your vehicle. This will help you take care of dust, spills, and debris while on the go around Hillsboro. 
  • Avoiding extreme temperatures can help preserve the life of your leather. Avoid parking in the sun at home. A garage or carport is ideal. 
  • When out running errands be on the lookout for shaded parking spots. Parking in the shade can prevent sun bleaching and damage. 

Learn More About Leather Seat Care with Dick Hannah RAM

If you’d like to learn more about how to clean leather car seats and keep them in top shape, contact us at Dick Hannah RAM. Our team knows all the best tips to keep your car looking great. We can also help with detailing if that’s what you need. 

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