How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Cleaning Leather Car Seat

Leather seat care might seem challenging, but knowing how to clean leather car seats is both straightforward and worthwhile. Cruising Ontario in a vehicle equipped with leather seats is not something everyone can experience, but those who do wouldn’t have it any other way. The reality that leather seats require more service than standard cloth chairs is a small price to pay for the luxurious experience leather provides. Here you can learn how to keep your leather seats pristine with BMW of Murrieta.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats: Tutorial

Whether your vehicle is a 3-Series, an X5, or anything in between, four straightforward steps will make your leather seats gleam like new: 

  1. Vacuum the crevices of your seats to remove debris and dust.
  2. After any dust and debris has been removed, spread pH-neutral cleaning solution over the upholstery. Make certain liquid cleaner doesn’t contact any perforations in the seat. 
  3. Massage the leather upholstery with a microfiber cloth, teamed with a soft-bristled brush. This is the primary cleaning step.
  4. Once the leather is clean, now is the time to apply conditioner to your seats. Ensure this is an approved product, and work the conditioner in utilizing a clean microfiber cloth. 
  5. After the conditioner dries, then buff it in with yet another clean microfiber cloth. This final step keeps the upholstery supple and crack free over time.

Products for Leather Seat Care

To remove dust, a colorless, simple damp cloth or rag will work just fine. Beyond dusting, a more complete wash can be accomplished through slightly soapy warm water, or purpose-formulated leather cleaner. Either option will help your interior shine like few other cars in Riverside. The owner’s manual is a great place to find recommendations on leather care. There are many cleaners on the market, but some items you should avoid using on your upholstery, such as: 

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

Leather Seat Care Best Practices 

  1. For easy interior maintenance, store a pair of microfiber cloths and a small bottle of leather cleaning solution in your vehicle. Even while cruising Corona, this simple action will help keep your seats from getting worn. 
  2. Store your vehicle in a garage or out of the sun as much as possible. Extreme temperatures shorten the life of leather.
  3. Shaded parking locations are best for the vehicle’s interior, especially in places like Riverside or Ontario. Sun damage and bleaching can be avoided when the vehicle is rarely parked in the sun.

Further Information on Leather Seat Care

To learn more about leather seat care and how to clean the car seats in your BMW vehicle, make sure to contact the service department at our Murrieta location. We at BMW of Murrieta would love to give you further recommendations.


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