How to Take Care of Your Car’s Leather Interior

A fine leather car interior is oh-so satisfying when it looks its best. Yet, while the interior is certainly a factor that most buyers consider when choosing a car, relatively few of them go to the effort of maintaining that fresh-out-of-the-shop appearance. Before long, their leather interior is dull, faded, covered in stains, and simply doesn’t impress like it used to. You need to put in a bit of time, effort, and love if you want to keep your car looking its best. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place—read on, and we’ll teach you how to keep your car’s leather looking fantastic for many years to come!

Choosing Your Leather Shampoo


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Pretty much every piece of leather installed in a car nowadays has been treated with a special solution that makes it that much more durable. However, this means that you’ll have to be even more careful when choosing what products you’ll use to clean the leather. Not only will harsh chemicals tarnish the leather itself, but they can also completely eat away at this protective layer, leaving the leather underneath more vulnerable to wear and tear. Opt for a dedicated leather cleaner product that’s free from petroleum solvents and silicone oils, and you will be fine.

Be Gentle

With that leather cleaner in hand, it’s time to get down to work. For this step, you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth, which will really help you get in there and clear away the dirt and grime that can spoil the appearance of your car leather. The trick here is not to scrub too hard, but instead work at the leather gently. By agitating the dirt, instead of attacking it outright, it will begin to rise up out of the pores of the leather to the surface, where you can simply wipe it away. Of course, you’ll want to focus on any spots with a lot of dirt, such as the driver’s seat, but don’t forget to go over everywhere to keep a clean, consistent look throughout your car interior.

Conditioner Time

Once you’ve given the leather the once-over, it’s time to apply some leather conditioner to keep it soft and supple. Be warned that cheaper leather conditioners tend to contain those ingredients we warned against earlier. Not only can they end up damaging your car leather in the long run, but they often leave behind a greasy residue that gets easily picked up by your clothes. Naturally, you don’t want to step out of your car covered in slime, so it’s best to spend a little more on your leather conditioner to get the best results. As well as being pH balanced, these trusted conditioners (such as Lexol and Connolly’s offerings) contain stain repellents and waterproofing agents to help protect your leather seats against any little accidents that may occur.

Use the right products, get ready to scrub a little, and your car leather will stay looking great for a long, long time!