Whether your car has leather or cloth car seats, it’s important to take time to keep them clean – not only so they continue to look good over the long term, but also to improve how they wear and to get rid of nasty bacteria.
Here are our tips for cleaning car seats:
- Choose a microfiber, terrycloth, or cotton towel (the less lint the better).
- Choose a cleaner designed specifically for leather, or use two parts water to one part vinegar or a gentle dish soap (like Dawn). Make sure whatever you use does not contain any harsh chemicals, as they can ruin the leather, stripping it of its protective coating and destroying the pigment.
- Using the cloth and the solution, lightly scrub each part of the seat without soaking it to remove dirt and oils.
- Finally, use a clean, unused cloth to wipe the seat down, and let the seat dry completely before applying conditioner.
- Choose a leather-seat conditioner to condition and protect your seats. You can find this in the automotive section of your local store.
- Use a clean sponge (a kitchen sponge works fine) and apply the conditioner liberally to all areas of the leather seats. Be sure to take time to fully rub the conditioner into the leather. The better it soaks in, the longer it will last.
- Let your car sit overnight to soak in the conditioner, and wipe the seats down one more time before driving off in the morning.
- Choose a cleaner made for cloth upholstery. There are plenty of options at your local automotive store, or you can make a homemade solution that costs much less and works just as well. One simple recipe is to mix one part water with one part dishwashing liquid.
- Mix the ingredients together well, and use a spray bottle to apply to all areas of your cloth upholstered seats.
- Rub the fabric gently using a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the fabric area using a clean rag and warm water, wiping each area thoroughly and rinsing the rag regularly.
- Use a microfiber cloth to dry the seats as best you can, and allow the fabric to fully dry overnight.
Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we know that maintaining your car’s seats and interior materials is critical to your vehicle’s resale value. Keep your car looking (and smelling) like new with these simple tips!