Having leather car seats is a luxury that adds a significant value to your car. It's important to maintain that value by regularly cleaning and conditioning your leather car seats.
How to clean leather car seats
A good rule of thumb is to clean your interior as often as you wash the outside of your car to maintain the leather long-term; in between, be sure to quickly wipe up and clean any spills or stains.
Unlike an exterior car wash, you do not need a hose, bucket and loads of soap. Cleaning leather is a very simple process and the little time you spend on it really goes a long way in terms of retaining the sleek appearance of your car’s interior. Here's a how-to for cleaning your leather seats.
1. Vacuum dirt and debris
The first step to cleaning your leather car seats is similar to cleaning your house: vacuum. Use the smaller vacuum nozzle to suck up any dirt or crumbs that have lodged into the cracks of the seats. Once all of the loose particles are gone, you can begin cleaning the leather.
2. Spot test your leather cleaner
Always do a quick test of any leather cleaner, even a gentle one like Leather Honey, on a small and inconspicuous area of the leather first. This is to make sure the leather won't react negatively to the cleaner – car manufacturers use a variety of leather and leather-like products in their vehicles.
3. Gently wipe down your seats
Apply the leather cleaner to your seats by moistening a lint-free cloth with the cleaner and gently wiping down the leather. Concentrate on heavily soiled areas, but you do not need to scrub or rub — the dirt should easily lift off the leather.
Our product is the best leather cleaner for leather car seats, but it is also suitable for use on faux leather, vinyl, leatherette, plastic and rubber, which means you can use the cleaner on your entire car interior.
4. Allow the leather to dry completely
Leave your windows open while the leather dries, as you want to ensure proper airflow — that will allow the leather to dry quickly and prevent any mildew or smells that might occur from a lack of air and a damp car. Be sure the leather is completely dry before moving on to the conditioning step, and keep in mind that real leather seats will take longer to dry than leatherette or vinyl.
How to condition your leather car seats
Once the leather is completely dry from cleaning, you're ready to condition. We recommend conditioning your leather car seats once every six months if they're not coated.
1. Be sure you have real leather seats
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, test our leather conditioner in a discreet area to see if it absorbs. As an alternative, you can drip some water on your seats. If the conditioner or water absorb into the leather, the seats are likely not coated and are likely genuine leather. If you apply Leather Honey to a test spot and it doesn’t absorb, your seats are likely protected with a synthetic coating or are made of faux leather. Your car's manufacturer will also be able to provide this information.
2. Apply the conditioner
If your test area absorbs, you are ready to apply a thin, even coat of leather conditioner all over the leather seats. 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.
3. Reapply if necessary
If your car seats are very worn or old, or the leather conditioner absorbs quickly, you might find that you need to apply a second coat once the first coat absorbs. Again, thin, even coats are best.
If you own something valuable, such as a car with leather interior, it is important to take care of it. Leather is susceptible to staining and wear and tear. By keeping your leather car seats clean and regularly conditioned, it will keep its value for a longer period of time.
Conditioner for Leather Car Seats
Leather is expensive and Leather Honey keeps it looking and feeling good – even after years on the road. Our conditioner guards against sun damage, restores faded coloring, and helps preserve the quality of your leather. It also protects leather by making it water repellent.
Keep your leather car seats looking new and feeling soft with Leather Honey leather car seat conditioner! A little goes a long way to keep your leather soft while renewing the car seat leather at the same time.
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