How do I Clean My Leather Car Seats?

Hand with microfiber cloth cleaning Interior modern car.

Purchasing a used vehicle with leather seats near Minnetonka makes your exciting purchase even better. Because leather seats are more luxurious than cloth seats, they do require more care to keep them in tip-top condition. Follow these tips from Cornerstone Plymouth to maintain the cleanliness and condition of your leather seats.

How to Keep Leather Seats in Good Condition

  • Vacuum Your Seats: Remove any dust, dirt, or debris from your seat crevices with a vacuum.
  • Clean Your Seats: Apply a pH-neutral cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth and soft-bristled brush, and then use it to gently clean the leather seats. Ensure you don’t get any of the liquid cleaner into your perforated seats.
  • Condition Your Seats: With a new microfiber cloth, you can rub a leather conditioner into the seats.
  • Protect the Leather: Once clean, you should keep your vehicle out of the sun to help maintain the condition of the leather. Keep your vehicle out of the sun around Minneapolis by parking in garages or under trees.

What Cleaning Products to Use on Leather Seats

Use a colorless, damp cloth to lightly dust your leather car seats. If you need a more thorough wash, use warm water with a bit of soap — or opt for a a specially made leather cleaner. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on what’s the best material to use for cleaning your car’s leather seats. Or, conduct research to see what the best type of leather conditioner is for your specific car seats.

What Cleaning Products to NOT Use on Leather Seats

Stay away from these cleaning products when maintaining your leather seats, as they may do more damage:

  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish
  • Household cleaner

Want to Know More About Maintaining Your Car?

Contact us to find out more about how to care for your the leather seats in your car in Plymouth. We’ll be happy to provide recommendations and additional information, whether it’s about cleaning your leather car seats or another maintenance issue.


More on Car Maintenance

  • How to Replace a Car Battery

    Imagine it’s January, the coldest day of the year, and you climb into your freezing car and turn the key, expecting the glorious sound of combustion. Instead, you hear clicking, maybe a little catch, and then nothing. It’s late, you’re tired, and now you’re trapped in a Maple Grove parking lot with a dead battery….

  • How to Change Your Windshield Wipers

      Every car has them and, if you plan to survive the Minnetonka winter, they need to work well. We’ll teach you how to tell when your wiper blades are ready for a change, how to do the job yourself, and what it will cost if you decide you want someone else to handle the…

  • How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

    Colder weather is coming to folks in Maple Grove and Minnetonka, which means it’s time to make sure your car battery is in good shape. But how long is a car battery meant to last? In ideal conditions, a battery could last as long as six years, but there are various factors that can impact…