How to Clean Leather Car Seats

If you own something valuable, such as a car with leather interior, it's important to take care of it. Leather is susceptible to staining and wear and tear. Heat, sunlight, heavy use, dirt and excessive drying can all damage your seats over time. By cleaning your leather car seats and regularly conditioning them, they will keep their value for a longer period of time. Here are some steps to cleaning leather car seats.

The Best Way to Clean Leather Car Seats 

1. Be sure you have real leather seats

Make sure your car seats are genuine leather before proceeding. Many car seats look like leather but are actually vinyl or what many manufacturers refer to as "leatherette." These synthetic materials do not need to be conditioned with leather conditioner, as they do not dry out the way genuine leather does.

You also want to confirm your leather seats are not coated, which is relatively common in car interiors. Coated leather often cannot absorb a leather conditioner; however, in time, the coating will wear off with use and that is when you want to start conditioning.

If you're not sure whether your car seats are faux or coated leather, do a spot test with Leather Honey Leather Conditioner. If the conditioner absorbs into the leather, the seats are likely not coated and are genuine leather. That means it's time to restore your leather car seats to their previous glory.

2. Apply premade leather cleaner

If you want to be extra thorough with your leather car seats, you might want to remove them first. However, if that seems a bit too much, just make sure you clean your leather car seats before you apply the leather conditioner. Use a vacuum to remove debris and apply Leather Honey Leather Cleaner to the seats. To add an extra layer of protection, use our leather cleaner with UV protectant. Allow your leather car seats to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

3. Restore the leather car seats

After you've cleaned the car seats, you need to condition them. This will restore your leather car seats to their previous glory. Apply Leather Honey Leather Conditioner using a lint-free cloth. Our lint-free application cloth won't scratch leather car seats like other cloths. Almost instantly, you will notice the leather’s richer color and fresh gloss. Allow the leather to dry completely after conditioning, which can take up to 24 hours. Our leather conditioner is suitable for use on perforated seats, seats with stitching and seats with heating elements.

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4. Reapply if necessary 

Depending on how worn or old your leather car seats are, you might need to reapply the conditioner. Just as you did the first time around, apply a thin layer of leather conditioner using a lint-free cloth. Once the application is complete, allow your car seats to completely dry before using them/reinstalling them.

More to Know About Cleaning Leather Car Seats

Some common questions people have about how to clean leather car seats.

What is the best way to clean leather car seats?

The best way to clean leather car seats is to use a premade leather cleaner, like Leather Honey Leather Cleaner.

How can I make my leather car seats look new again?

We recommend using a premade leather cleaner and leather conditioner to make your leather car seats look new again. Using homemade products like olive oil and other items will damage your leather.

Can I use Dawn to clean leather car seats?

You should not use Dawn to clean leather car seats. The chemicals in the soap will ruin your leather.

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