Updated: Aug 4, 2020
While leather seats do cost more they are always in demand for car buyers. Vehicles with leather seats often have a higher resale value because of the expensive interior. Many customers also enjoy leather seats because of the silky smooth touch, pleasant smell and level of comfort.
Here are the Do's:
Do spot-test any leather cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it is suitable for your seats.
Do vacuum thoroughly first. This ensures dirt, sand and loose grime won’t scratch or rub into your seats as you clean.
Do go slowly and work in small sections, to minimize any chance of discoloration.
Do use microfiber cloth. They are soft and won’t scratch your leather surface.
Do look for non-toxic and natural ingredients if you are buying a commercial cleaner or conditioner.
Do mix two parts vinegar with one part water if you are making your own solution.
Do clean regularly and condition occasionally. Clean your seats once a month and condition two to three times a year.
Here are the Don'ts:
Don’t spray anything directly on seats, especially perforated leather. Dampen your microfiber cloth with the solution instead.
Don’t use conditioners that contain petroleum or waxes as they can cause product build-up and dull your leather’s finish.
Don’t let the wet solution dry on the seats. Make sure you massage it in with your cloth until it has been absorbed.
Don’t guess if you’re not the original owner. When in doubt, ask your dealer or the original owner about the type of leather and if it has been re-dyed.
Don’t use hard bristles for deep cleaning. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush or a specifically-made car cleaning brush.
Don’t skimp when it comes to price. A high-quality, a natural cleaner will bring out the beauty of your leather.
Don’t soak your cloth with a cleaning solution. Too much liquid can damage the seat or, if you have perforated leather, soak through and breed mildew or mold.