How to Clean Leather Car Seat Covers

Leather car seat covers can be a large investment when you purchase a car. The upkeep of these leather seats is the same as the leather upkeep for good leather shoes or handbags. A bit of care will give your leather seats a long life.

You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Saddle soap
  • Sponge or rag
  • Bucket
  • Rags
  • Leather cleaner and preservative
  • Fan

Step 1: Vacuum

Before using any liquid of any sort on your leather car seat covers, make sure all loose dirt and debris is removed. Use the dusting brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the seats. Be careful to get into the grooves and around any trim on the seat covers.

Step 2: Clean

Put some warm water into the bucket and dip a sponge or rag into it and wring it out. Dip it into the saddle soap and start to wash the seats in a circular motion. Additional information about using saddle soap will be on the label of each product. Some saddle soaps do not require rinsing. When done washing, allow the seats to dry. You can speed this up by sitting a small fan in your car.

Step 3: Preserve

When the seats are completely dry, you can moisturize and preserve the leather by using a good leather preservative. This product is sold under many brand names and can be purchased at any auto supply store or automotive department of a discount store. Apply with a clean rag per manufacturers instructions. After it has dried, buff with a soft cloth to retain the sheen of the leather.