Motors Enthusiasts : Clean Leather Seats And Restore Their New Beauty

Clean leather seats and you can restore that like new beautiful look that the upholstery had when it rolled off the showroom floor.

Today, many vehicles offer the luxury look and feel of leather upholstery. Most people will agree that there is nothing quite like the soft feel of slipping into a leather car seat. The sensation of the soft, supple material underneath you is a fabulous feeling and makes for a very comfortable ride.

Where this is a beautiful feature to have in a vehicle, it does requires a little more regular cleaning to maintain the fabrics original beauty.

To clean your leather seats, it is best recommended to check your owner’s manual. Most often the manufacturer will suggest which leather upholstery cleaner is best suited to the vehicle’s particular leather.

In some cases, as with the Ford F150, or F250 King Ranch version, the manufacturer provides the buyer with a bottle of cleaner at the time of purchase.

If you are not that fortunate, do an Internet search on where to find the particular brand of cleaner you are looking for.

Some of these cleaners come in a spray form and some come in a cream form. The following method of cleaning applies for both types.

Here’s The Best Way To Clean Leather Seats

The first suggestion is to do this in a cool place away from direct heat. The heat will tend to “bake” the cleaner into the leather making it more difficult to actually pull up the grime and crud.

Next, be sure to thoroughly vacuum the car paying special attention to get all the debris up from the nooks and crannies of the seats. The areas such as the seam creases and where the seat meets the back of the seat need special attention. Also, be sure and take caution with your vacuum attachments as some have sharp edges that can scratch the leather.

Once the seats are completely free of any loose dust and particles, apply the cleaner to small sections of the upholstery. Use a soft cloth and circular motions to rub the cleaner into the leather.

Note: If you have tougher stains that you want to remove try using a soft toothbrush which will penetrate the cleaner further into the leather to better lift the grime.

Next use another dry, soft towel to lift the foam from the seat. Then, allow it to completely dry.

Once the upholstery is dry, you will be able to tell if there are spots still appearing and you can then repeat the process on the stains that still show.

It is recommended that you follow up with a conditioner to apply to the clean leather seats. This will help protect it from the elements as well as create a slight barrier to spills and accidents that can occur while driving.

These are leather cleaning basics and I recommend that you do your best to follow your owner’s manual and the instructions on the cleaner for the best results.

Clean leather seats and restore them to their original beauty. Condition the seats and you will offer more protection to keep them looking their best for years to come.

Source by Mike Reitz

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