How to Clean Leather Car Seats

2020 Volkswagen leather interior


Leather seats take your vehicle’s comfort and sophistication to the next level. However, they require a bit more care than what is necessary for fabric upholstery. To keep your leather seats in pristine condition, proper leather seat care is required. Fortunately, Jennings Volkswagen has provided a guide on how clean leather car seats like a professional.

Leather Seat Care

To get your leather seats looking like they did the day you drove your car off the lot, simply follow the steps below:

  1. To start, vacuum the seats to get rid of dust, dirt, or debris.
  2. When vacuuming is complete, apply a pH-neutral cleaning solution to your upholstery. Take extra caution with this step if you have perforated leather seats.
  3. You will not want to get the cleaner inside of the perforations.
  4. Gently clean the leather seats by using either a microfiber cloth or a soft-bristled brush.
  5. When this is done, it is a good idea to also use an approved leather conditioner. Work the cleaner in with a clean microfiber cloth. When the conditioner has dried, buff it in with a different clean microfiber cloth. A leather conditioner keeps the upholstery soft and helps prevent cracking.

Preferred Cleaning Products

When you dust your seats, use a colorless, simple damp rag. When your seats need to be cleaned more thoroughly, you can use warm water with a bit of soap or a specially made leather cleaner to wipe down the seats. Your owner’s manual may have more specific recommendations on what products to use. If so, it is a good idea to follow the suggestions made by the automaker. When cleaning your seats, there are a few products that should be avoided at all times:

  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Household cleaner
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

More Tips for Leather Care

  1. When you are hitting the roads of Chicago or Northbrook, it can be beneficial to have a travel bottle of leather cleaning solution and clean microfiber cloths on hand. That way, if something gets spilled on the leather or it gets dirty after your next weekend adventure, you can clean it as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  2. Park your vehicle in a garage as often as you can. Avoiding extreme temperatures can help your leather last longer.
  3. When possible, try to park in the shade. The sun can cause bleaching.

Learn How to Clean Leather Car Seats and More with Jennings Volkswagen

If you have additional questions about leather seat care or other maintenance tasks like cleaning floor mats, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Jennings Volkswagen. We would be more than happy to assist you.

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