How To Clean Leather Car Seats

Jeep Cherokee Leather Seating


When you bring home a brand new car, it’s easy to forget that it’ll eventually need a little maintenance to keep that like-new shine — both inside and out. If this is the first time you’ve opted for an all-leather interior, it’s a good idea to seek advice from experts in the Myrtle Beach area on how to clean leather seats. Improper cleaning can result in damage that will cost a lot to fix, and even permanent damage that could hurt your vehicle’s trade-in value. Read on to learn some techniques for leather seat care on your Jeep Compass from the experts at Myrtle Beach Chrysler Jeep!

How Do You Keep Leather Seats in Good Condition?

Although you might choose to take your vehicle in for a professional deep cleaning every now and then, most interior maintenance comes down to regular care and attention. Here, we’ve collected a few simple things you can do at home to maintain your leather seats — and your investment:

  • Clean Every Two to Three Months: If the vehicle sees a high volume of daily use on errands around Conway or spends a lot of time in the sun, a good rule of thumb is to clean and condition the leather every two months. With normal use, every three months should be sufficient.
  • Vacuum Your Seats First: Before any cleaning, it’s important to remove any large particles of dust, dirt, or debris using a vacuum hose and attachment or wet-dry vac. Otherwise, these particles may scratch the leather later on. Take care not to scratch the leather in the cleaning process! An air compressor works well on stubborn debris that has fallen into the cracks.
  • Clean Your Seats: For proper seat care that won’t damage the leather in your Chrysler 300, use a pH-neutral cleaning solution, a microfiber cloth, and a soft-bristled brush to gently remove surface dirt. Apply your solution lightly, and if your leather is perforated, make sure the fluid doesn’t run into the holes.
  • Condition Your Seats: Applying leather conditioner to your seats after cleaning can help protect the leather and keep it in good shape for longer. Apply the cleaner with a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching or abrading the leather.
  • Protect the Leather: Over time, exposure to bright sunlight will damage any leather, and your car seats are no exception! When possible, park in the shade to help slow the effect of bright sunlight on your car seats.

What Cleaning Products Are Best for Leather Car Seats?

As noted above, the essential cleaning tools for leather seat care are:

  • PH-neutral cleaning solution
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Leather conditioner

Be sure to check your owner’s manual for recommendations from your car’s manufacturer about how to clean leather seats in your Jeep Gladiator or Chrysler Pacifica. If you can’t find any information, or you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at the Myrtle Beach Chrysler Jeep service center. We’re happy to help you find the products you need to keep your car’s leather interior in top shape!

Although you can use warm water and a small amount of soap to clean a spill from leather seats, you should keep the following cleaning substances and household items away from your car’s interior:

  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Household cleaner
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

Find Our More from Our Service Experts!

If you’re in the Surfside Beach area, stop by our Service Department at Myrtle Beach Chrysler Jeep to find out all you need to know about keeping your leather car seats in great shape. You can also check our blog for more maintenance tips, like how to check your coolant levels and reasons why your car might be leaking water. Or feel free to give us a call and set up a service appointment as well as to learn about our Wrangler lift kits!

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