Making Your Vehicle’s Leather Interior Look Like New

If you have a vehicle with leather interior, you most likely enjoy the supple feel of the material as you sit back to drive or ride. Leather is a luxury that needs to be cared for properly so it does not lose its comfort or appearance. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your vehicle's leather seats so they last for many years to come.

Materials You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with crevice attachment
  • Air compressor
  • Spray bottle
  • Mild detergent
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream of tartar
  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol

Removing Loose Dirt Particles

When cleaning your leather seats, you will first need to remove any dirt particles so they are not rubbed into the leather when you start deep-cleaning, possibly causing scrapes. Use a vacuum cleaner crevice attachment to remove surface dirt. When vacuuming, do not place the attachment on the seating, as it could leave behind marks. Instead, get as close as possible to remove the dirt. To remove dirt between the chair base and arms, or within seams that are part of your leather's design, use an air compressor to blow the particles from where they are embedded.

Doing Some Deep Cleaning

It is best to deep clean your seats every few months to remove grime that is stuck in the grooves and crevices of the leather. Add a few tablespoons of mild detergent to water and place in a spray bottle. Spritz down your seats and dry with a piece of microfiber cloth. For harder to remove grime, use a soft-bristled brush to loosen the material after spraying. Rub gently in a circular motion so the bristles get into the material. 

If you have any ink stains on your leather, dab gently with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol before starting to clean. To remove other stains, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to cream of tartar and apply to the stains using a sponge. Allow to sit for a few minutes, spray with the detergent solution, then dry with the microfiber cloth.

Conditioning Your Seats

Make a mixture of one part white distilled vinegar and two parts linseed oil and place inside a spray bottle. This mixture will naturally condition your seats without the use of harsh chemicals. Spray your seats and wipe the moisture up with a piece of soft microfiber cloth. You may need to buff the seats two or three times before the mixture is completely removed.

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