Leather seats are considered as a premium feature. In luxury vehicles, leather seats are usually standard, but on non-luxury cars, this feature could be offered as an option. Because replacing your leather seats could be expensive, you need to properly care for them. Dirty seats are typically prone to damages, so cleaning your leather seats should be made a routine. Here are some steps you can take to clean your car’s leather seats:
Step 1: Examine the leather seats. Try to search for any cuts, damages or holes. Once found, mark them to ensure that any liquid you would use to clean the seats won't penetrate into the foam inside.
Step 2: Procure leather cleaner. You can buy leather cleaners at a hardware or auto parts store. Ensure that they are right type of cleaner. Nonetheless, you can create your own leather cleaning solution -- just mix one-part vinegar with two parts linseed oil.
Step 3: Pre-clean the leather seats. Pre-cleaning the seats before applying the leather cleaner can hasten the cleaning process. To pre-clean the seats, you need to vacuum up all debris – large or small. as well as any small crumbs. Using a wet-dry vacuum or regular vacuum with the hose attachment is the best way to get this done. Then, wipe the seats clean with a damp cloth before applying the leather cleaner. This will remove any dust, dirt or grease from the surface.
Step 4: Conduct a spot test on a small patch of leather that is out of view. Doing so will help ensure that the purchased leather cleaner won't discolor the leather.
Step 5: Apply the leather cleaning solution. First, spray leather foam cleaner – 3 to 4 squirts are usually enough -- onto the leather seats. Spray more if the leather seats are dirty. Always follow the instructions for using the cleaner. Then use a soft wet cloth to rub and activate the foam. Leave the foam on the leather seats for a few minutes to break up any dirt and grime on them.
Step 6: Deep clean the leather seats using a brush, especially in extremely dirty spots. However, you need to be gentle when brushing the leather.
Step 7: Wipe the foam off the leather seats with a dry cloth. It is better if you can use a microfiber cloth, which could better remove all of the foam on the seats.
Step 8: Condition the leather seats. By employing a conditioner, you can restore the natural oils to the leather. A pH-neutral water-based conditioner is advisable, especially if it has a sunscreen component. Apply the conditioner using a clean microfiber cloth, and wipe clean any excess conditioner.
Step 9: Don’t park your car under the sun in the next 12 hours. The conditioner will soak in such period without any exposure to harmful UV rays.
Step 10: Give the seats one last rubdown with a dry cloth. This will remove any excess conditioner while making your leather seats shine.