Leather seats add a touch of luster to your vehicle. What's more, they're as absolutely necessary as wheels to your car. However, they cost a lot, so you need to take care of these seats. With that said, here's what you need to know when it comes to cleaning your leather seats so that they can last for a long time and look great all throughout.
Cleaning Leather Car Seats
- Vacuuming and Using Cleaning Solution: Vacuum your seats in order to get rid of the debris and dirt from the crevices as well as nooks and crannies of your car. Afterwards, use a cleaning solution on your seats such as KevianClean Leather Cleaner. This commercial leather cleaner isn't ammonia-based or bleach-based, so it won't damage your leather-upholstered seats at all.
- DIY Leather Cleaner Ideas: You can apply a cleaning solution to your seat that you yourself have made. For example, you can mix warm water with liquid dish washing soap and/or Castile soap together in a bucket then use that to mildly clean your leather without worrying about damage. Use a ratio of one part soap to every five parts of water. You can also clean leather with ½ cup of olive oil mixed with ¼ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the seat, let it sit for five minutes, then wipe it clean.
- How to Wipe Seat Surfaces: The cloth you're using should be dampened with cleaner instead of immersing it in cleaner until it is dripping wet. Afterwards, wipe down the seat surfaces with your moistened towel. Avoid saturating the leather with cleaner because too much water could pool on the seat seams, which then seeps into the cushions. You should also avoid water stain formation. Wipe clean with a second damp cloth then dry thoroughly with your towel.
- Stain Prevention Is Better Than the Cure: Wipe up spills immediately after they hit your seat. Don't wait for them to form a stain, thus forcing you to make DIY cleaners or buying stain removers galore. After all, prevention is better than the cure even when it comes to stains. It's not a turn of phrase that's only applicable to diseases and health. However, there are times when stains will happen even with fastest possible cleanup, so get the right stain removers and get to cleaning!
- Toothpaste, Lemon Juice, and Cream of Tartar for Stain Avoidance: Use non-gel toothpaste on a soiled or scuffed area. Use a used toothbrush to scrub the stain away gently. Afterwards, when finished, wipe the area with a clean cloth then dry using a towel. You can also get a bleaching effect on leather upholstery with a mixture of equal parts cream of tartar and lemon juice paste. Just let it sit for 30 minutes then clean the paste with a damp sponge.