Today we're going to tell you how to care for your precious leather seats, wether is your car seats or home furniture. Learn how to do it with this simple steps.
We will tell you several methods that you can use to clean leather seats, from mild to aggressive. Most of the time you won’t need anything more than a towel and some cleaning agent.
Important Tips To Remember While Cleaning Leather Seats
- Remember to always clean a small section at a time. This ensures that if you are using a cleaning agent that damaging or discolors your leather, you are minimizing the damage.
- Never let the solution dry up. After you scrub each section, clean it with a microfiber towel. All the dirt is in in the solution after you scrub. By letting it dry, you let the solution sink back into your seat.
- It’s always a good idea to vacuum your seats first.
- Vacuuming helps to remove accumulated dust, which acts as an abrasive, between the ridges of your seats.
- Use a special attachment for upholstery. Make sure the attachment is made out of plastic to avoid scratching your leather.
Home Care of Leather Seats: Household Products
Now, let’s talk about cleaning solutions. If you’re looking to use household products or something with no chemicals, then we recommend this.
You can create your own cleaning solution using vinegar and water:
- Three parts vinegar
- One part water
Remember the tips above? then, before you start cleaning your seats with these solutions, do a spot test: spray a little solution on a hard to see the area from your seat and clean it with a towel. This is to make sure it does its job and does not damage your seat.
Clean Leather Seats with Commercial Products
If you are not interested in a DIY cleaning product then, you can buy an all-purpose cleaner or a dedicated cleaning solution. All-purpose cleaners are good choices.
PeccaryLeather.com Recommendation on How to Clean your Leather Seats:
When cleaning your leather seats, we recommend that you go from the least aggressive to the most aggressive method. It’s always recommended to clean your seats with the least aggressive method possible to avoid damaging them.
1. The Light Leather Cleaner
This is the least aggressive method for cleaning your seats. Here's what you will need:
- A microfiber towel
- Some cleaning solution
Spray some solution on the section you want to clean and then clean it by applying moderate pressure. If you clean your car every month, this should keep your leather seats clean. If this doesn’t work, try the next method.
2. The Painter Cleaning Technique
For this leather seat cleaning technique, you will require a scrub brush or, if you have a big paintbrush
, that can work too. If you are using the paintbrush, make sure you cut the hairs about halfway through so they clean better.
- Spray some solution on the section and then scrub with the brush applying mild to moderate pressure. Don’t use too much pressure, as you risk damaging your seats.
- Remember to use circular motions while scrubbing.
- After you’re done scrubbing, clean the solution with a microfiber towel while applying moderate pressure.
This should work in most cases. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to get the big guns.
3. Steaming Leather Approach
This is the last method you can try at home.
It is one of the best-kept secrets in the industry ever but, we're here to help you so, let's get on it. You will need to get a steamer
The steam works better than warm water as it helps to exfoliate the seat.
- Spray some solution on the section.
- Put a microfiber towel over your steamer and use that towel to clean the seat.
- Apply moderate pressure.
What you need to Remember at all times is:
To be gentle while cleaning leather seats. Regular cleaning will significantly increase the lifespan of your leather seats.
: If none of the techniques worked for you, have an expert detailer take a look at it. The last thing you will want to do is increase the damage.