It doesn’t matter if you’re on a road trip, or just taking your daily commute to work, nothing is better than sitting in a leather car seat while you drive to your destination. Leather is expensive, so we are willing to pay more for it. Leather is more vulnerable to daily wear and tear, and sun damage.
It is important to protect and clean your leather upholstery and car seats every three months to prevent cracking and fading in sunlight. Leather is easier to clean than upholstery made of cloth. These are the 5 steps to maintain your leather upholstery and car seats in showroom condition.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Leather can dry out and become brittle over time, just like skin. This can cause cracks and fade. Leather car seats need special care, just like lotion for your skin.
Your leather interior will need to be cleaned more frequently if you have a lot of traffic. If you drive your children to school or practice, you will need to clean and protect the upholstery once a month. You’ll need extra care if you run a lot of errands.
A leather conditioner spray such as Luxe Leather or Hybrid Solutions Leather mist is best to protect your leather car seats. These leather cleaners contain gentle stain removers and hydrating agents such neats foot oil and aloe vera to protect the leather surfaces of your car. Use your cleaner in conjunction with a microfiber towel or gentle scrubber like the Scrub Ninja Pad.
Tip: Be extra cautious when you get in and out your leather car seats if you wear pants with metal buttons or sharp objects. These objects can cause damage to your upholstery.
STEP 1. VACUUM ANY LOOSE DIRT OR CONTAMINANTS
You will need a handheld vacuum cleaner to clean your car seats of dirt, crumbs, and other soils. Use the handheld upholstery attachment to reach as deep as possible between cushions.
To avoid rubbing abrasive substances into leather, it is important to vacuum your car’s seats before driving. You may find it difficult to cover or remove small scratches from breadcrumbs or grains of sand on leather cushions.
STEP 2 – APPLY LEATHER CLEANER and CONDITIONER
After vacuuming your leather interior, apply a thin coat of leather conditioner and cleaner to each panel. Use a Flarisol spray like the one included with Hybrid Solutions Leather mist. One continuous spray will cover a larger area, while one short product burst covers smaller spaces. To make it easier to get rid of soils or stains, use a higher concentration.
STEP 3 – GENTLY SCRUB LEATHER CAR SEATS & UPHOLSTERY
Using your Scrub Ninja pad or a microfiber towel folded in half to gently remove dirt, oils, and grime with soft circular movements. Keep spraying and scrubbing stubborn soils and stains until remove all traces of leather upholstery and car seats.
STEP 4 – REMOVE EXCESS PRODUCTS AND SOILS
To remove any product residue or soils, use your microfiber towel. All abrasive particles loose during cleaning will be drawn into microfiber fibers, protecting your car seats against scratches.
STEP 5 – BUFF LEATHER SURFACES TO A SUPPLE SHINE
You’re almost done! You’re almost done! Flip the microfiber towel to a clean side, and buff the leather to a glossy sheen. This crucial step is essential for the leather conditioner’s softening and moisturizing agents to reach every corner of leather upholstery. It protects it from cracking and fading from prolonged UV exposure.
You’ve now given your leather car seat the extra care to remain soft and luxurious.
These 5 simple steps will help you protect your leather investment.