For drivers who prefer to save money on various automotive services or are do-it-yourselfers, cleaning your vehicle’s car seats at home is easier than you may think. The service team at INFINITI of Northern Kentucky created an easy step-by-step guide to cleaning your car’s interior, and we would be happy to offer leather seat care tips whether you’re driving a new or used INFINITI vehicle.
How to Clean Leather Car Seats
Things you’ll need:
- Leather cleaner, saddle soap, mild leather soap, or 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil solution
- Microfiber towels
- Interior brush (soft-bristled, NOT a stiff carpet brush)
- Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific instructions for your model and possible products NOT to use.
- Carefully vacuum the seats to remove all particles, and make sure the leather doesn’t get scratched. The smaller attachments or an air compressor are excellent for getting into the cracks.
- Spray your leather cleaner on the microfiber towel to wipe the seats clean and remove surface dirt and oils.
- Spray cleaner onto the seats (If you have perforated leather seats, spray onto the brush to apply to the seats), and gently scrub the surface with the brush.
- With a dry microfiber towel, wipe down the seats.
How to Condition Leather Car Seats
Using a leather conditioner regularly helps prevent cracks and dryness while preserving the softness of the leather for longer. Follow these steps to condition your leather seats:
- The leather conditioner should only contain natural ingredients – avoid products with ingredients like petroleum distillates, waxes, and silicones.
- Apply a small amount of conditioner on a clean and dry microfiber cloth.
- Work the conditioner gently into the leather seats in circles.
- Let the conditioner soak into the leather for an hour before touching the upholstery.
- Also, keep the seats out of the sunlight at this time, because the material needs to fully soak up the conditioner before prematurely drying.
- Once the conditioner has absorbed, gently buff the seats with a new microfiber cloth.
Additional Leather Seat Care Tips
- Have microfiber cloths and a cleaning solution on hand in your vehicle to clean your seats of dust, spills, and debris. This prevents long-term damage to the interior.
- Have a garage? Store your vehicle in there as much as possible. Protecting your vehicle from extreme temperatures could prolong the life of the leather.
- When driving around the Covington area, park in the shade whenever possible to reduce sun bleaching or sun damage to the seats.
How to Clean Fabric Car Seats
Things you’ll need:
- Cleaning solution spray designed for fabric (NOT an all-purpose cleaner)
- Interior brush (soft or medium-stiff bristles, NOT a stiff carpet brush)
- Microfiber towels
- Enough time for the seats to dry before driving the vehicle anywhere
- Vacuum the seats to remove all particles of dust, dirt, and hair. Use the smaller attachments on your vacuum to get into and clean the cracks and seams of each seat.
- If there’s a lot of pet hair, wipe the seats down with a lint roller or special pet hair removal tool.
- Have the doors or windows open for ventilation. Then, lightly spray the cleaning solution onto an area that needs cleaning. Avoid saturating the fabric to prevent mildew issues.
- Use the interior brush to massage the cleaning solution into the fabric.
- When suds appear, wipe them out of the fabric with the microfiber towel. If the fabric dries before this, the dirt gets pulled back into the fibers.
- Continue these steps until the area is clean. Then move on to the next section until you are satisfied with the condition of your seats.
- Vacuum the seats once more to accelerate the drying process. Let the seats finish drying before using the car.
Fabric Cleaner Alternatives
- Baking Soda: ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water mixed together can be used with a toothbrush to scrub out tough stains. After scrubbing, let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Then, use a clean cloth or towel to blot away the stain.
- Club Soda: Use a spray bottle to apply a light layer of club soda to the fabric and a soft-bristle brush to scrub out the stains. Be sure to wipe away the dirt as it comes to the surface.
- Laundry Detergent: Mix detergent with hot water and apply the solution with a spray bottle or sponge. Use cold water on a microfiber cloth to scrub and wipe the dirt away.
- Vinegar: 1 cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and a gallon of hot water can be mixed together and dabbed onto the seats and scrubbed with a brush. Use clean water and a microfiber towel to remove the dirt and suds.
Get Additional Leather Seat Care Tips at INFINITI of Northern Kentucky
Now that you know how to clean leather car seats, you have the option of bringing your vehicle to our service center if you don’t have the time to take on the task. Get additional car care tips, like how many miles do tires last, find out more about your car maintenance schedule, or learn about our INFINITI used cars for sale near Florence. We’re proud to serve as your go-to destination for your next new or used INFINITI and all of your servicing needs. Give us a call today!