So, you bought your expensive new car with leather seats and.. after only one year you noticed that your car leather seats started to look a little pale or let's say they started to look dull in comparison to when you first brought it home. Well, this happens because of various factors but it all resumes in: lack of adequate care. That's why, you're going to find in this blog, 5 tips to keep your car leather seats looking as good as the first time.
5 tips to care for your car leather seats
Vacuuming your car is always a good place to start. Whenever we do that, our leather seats will look better and even smell so much nice. Not only this, but vacuuming will also remove a lot of the harmful debris that will make your leather treatments less effective, clearing off the leather’s surface so your treatments can more easily penetrate it.
Once you are done with vacuuming your car the next step is to clean the seats appropriately. The best way to clean your leather is with a professional leather cleaner. Remember to always test the cleaner in a discreet zone before applying it in the whole leather seat.
Create Your Homemade Cleaning Solution
If a leather cleaner is nowhere to be found or you just simply don't want to risk that something goes wrong with a commercial leather cleaner, then you can make a temporary substitute. Sometimes, this option is not as effective as the commercial leather cleaner but it will help you with stains and blemishes. Mild soap can work well: just lightly dampen a cloth with warm water mixed with mild soap, and gently buff your leather with it.
Baking Soda Could Be Your New Best Friend
We all know how useful baking soda is in daily life but did you know its usefulness in cleaning leather seats. If your car seat has greasy or oily stains, these can be comfortably removed using the aforementioned cleaning techniques, as well as baking soda. When your leather is dry, sprinkle a little bit on the car seat and let it set overnight ideally, or a few hours at least. The powder should turn a yellowish color during that time, indicating it’s pulled some of those oils out of your leather. Afterward, you can dust the powder off and remove anything extra with a damp cloth, alternating between powder and cleaner until your leather has been cleaned to your satisfaction.
Use a Leather Conditioner
Like oils in your skin keep your own hide moisturized and soft, leather needs conditioner to remain supple, healthy and protected. Whatever conditioner you plan to use, apply it across the surface in a light, gentle fashion with its accompanying applicator pad or a microfiber cloth.