How To Clean & Condition Leather Car Seats


Car leather quickly absorbs dirt and oils from your skin and if not cleaned regularly the leather may become discolored or stained. If your leather is shiny it is most likely filled with oil from your skin. To clean leather you can use many different methods, below are a few of my favorite.

How to Clean Leather 

Method 1:

The first method is the quickest and safest. You will need a clean microfiber towel and leather cleaner. Spray the solution onto the leather and rub in. Next, flip the towel over to the clean side and wipe away the dirt. 

If there is still dirt you can repeat this process or use a cleaning brush to agitate the cleaner. This will help lift the dirt from the leather so you can easily wipe it away with the microfiber towel.

Method 2:

This method is a little riskier and could cause damage if completed improperly. You will need a magic eraser and a microfiber towel. To begin wet your magic eraser and ring out excess water. Next, gently wipe across the leather until the dirt is lifted. Use the microfiber towel to wipe away anything left behind. 

*Be very cautious when using a magic eraser on leather as it is very easy to rub away the dye in the leather leaving a discolored spot. You can also rub away the factory coating that protects your leather.  

Method 3:

If you have access to a steam cleaner you can use it to clean your leather. Take a microfiber towel and wrap it around the nozzle of the steam cleaner. Then turn the machine on and use the steam to lift deep stains from your leather onto the microfiber towel. Repeat this process until the leather is clean.

How to condition

Method 1:

Condition modern car leather is not a necessity, but it can help prevent discoloration, dye transfer, cracking, and staining. All modern car leather comes with an impenetrable coating that is applied at the factory. This coating will provide protection for years to come but may wear off. This is when a conditioner should be regularly applied. A leather conditioner will also help keep the leather feeling soft and supple.


It is not important how you clean your car's leather, it is important that you do clean it. If you follow this leather cleaning guide you will be well on your way to a clean future. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to message us.

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