Whether your car is brand new or has seen its fair share of wear, leather seats are designed to stand the test of time, providing supple, luxurious comfort along the way. The majority of wear comes from the buildup of dirt, but leather also loses some of its essential oils and UV protectants over time. You can help bring your leather seats back to life or keep them in pristine condition by following these steps once a month or once a quarter, depending on your preference.
How to Clean Leather Car Seats:
- Start by vacuuming the cracks and crevices of your seats. Crumbs, hair, and dust tend to find their way into these areas.
- Choose a leather cleaner—found in the automotive section of your local store—and apply the product following its directions. Be sure not to saturate the leather, as you should only need a small amount to work out the dirt, and the wetter the seats are, the longer they will need to dry.
- Thoroughly rinse out the cloth you used to apply the product, and wipe down the seats, removing any excess product.
- Clean USA recommends using an aerosol hairspray on difficult stains (though we haven’t tested this method), and one part white vinegar and one part water for salt stains (from snow).
- Apply a leather conditioner to help protect your car’s leather. Again, find a product you feel comfortable using at your local automotive retail store.
Here at Gossett Audi, we want to know—do you have any special tricks up your sleeve for cleaning and maintaining your leather car seats? Tell us in the comments!