Must-know tips to take care of your car leather seats

Have you seen cars with shiny car leather seats? Ever wish that you had something like that? Well, the trick is in care and maintenance; did you honestly think that car seats tend to take care of themselves. Moreover, you are bound to park your car under direct sunlight, not to mention UV radiation for several hours each day. All of this is bound to impact your car’s leather seats. Simply put, leather happens to be a natural material, and unless you take adequate care of them, it would fade away and soon develop cracks and even tears, after prolonged use. You can always take your car to the garage for a regular clean-up or try handling it on your own with these tips.

Vacuum the interior

When it comes to leather car seat care, one of the first things that you need to do is to remove all the clutter. You would be amazed at the sheer amount of useless material that you may have accumulated over time; sorry, but all this has to go. Once that is done, and your car would look a lot cleaner, you need to vacuum it thoroughly. The point is that the interior of your car is bound to be dusty and you need to remove all the dirt, dust, grime, and any particulates that may have accumulated in the seats, on the floor, and even behind the seats over time. Make sure that your car is thoroughly vacuumed before you move on to the next stage of the process.

Apply the cleaner

Just head over to the nearest store and select a leather car cleaner. Make your selection, and once you have purchased the cleaner, spray it on the seats and using a soft cloth, wipe it down. Follow the instructions given on the label; you may notice that a few areas of your leather seats tend to still be problematic especially around the edges and the folds, especially in areas where the skin comes into contact with the seats often. Gently agitate these areas,  after having applied the cleaner and with a soft-bristled brush. That should helpfully do the trick. 

Wipe it dry

After having applied the cleaner, you may still notice that your seats are still damp to the touch. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the seats down and allow for a whole day, for the seats to dry completely. Now, your seats should look as good as new.

Condition your seats

You may also want to purchase a good leather conditioner but be sure to read the instructions first. Once you had finished cleaning the interior of your car and applied the cleaner to the seats, you can move on to apply the conditioner to the same. Apply it generously among the seats but do not let it accumulate in any single area. But instead spread it all around, and make sure that the seats are covered. This should help provide the seats with more protection especially from direct sunlight and UV radiation. What’s more, it should help keep your leather seats supple, soft and prevent them from fading or cracking. 

Wipe it dry

You need to follow the same process that you had utilized with the leather cleaner. Make sure that you use a different microfiber cloth to wipe the seats dry. And the car should be good for use again, after a few hours. Keep in mind that you would have to provide your car with similar car maintenance at regular intervals, to ensure that it is maintained in prime condition.

These tips should help you to clean your car’s leather seats with little hassle.

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By Michael Caine

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