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How To Clean Leather Car Seats

Cleaning Leather Car Seat

Knowing how to clean leather seats is important when it comes to keeping those brand new leather seats looking like new. We recommend that West Columbia Mazda drivers schedule service every six months for a comprehensive deep-cleaning. Still, there’s a lot you can do to keep your car interior spic-and-span in between professional cleanings. Read the guide below for expert leather care tips from the team at Mazda of Columbia!


How To Clean Leather Car Seats Step-by-Step

Follow these steps to prevent damage to your Mazda vehicle’s leather seating:

  1. Vacuum between seats and seams and in crevices to remove dust, dirt, and stray debris.
  2. Using a soft microfiber cloth, apply a ph-neutral cleaning solution to your car seat upholstery. If the leather is perforated, apply solution a little at a time to prevent any solution from soaking through the perforations.
  3. How about supplies? Any cloths or brushes that you use for leather seat care must be gentle enough not to scratch. We suggest using a soft-bristled brush and a supply of using microfiber cloths to apply the leather cleaning solution.
  4. After cleaning, condition the leather with a conditioner you know is safe for your Mazda vehicle’s interior. Conditioning helps seat leather stay soft and supple, while also providing a layer of protection from scratches and spills. If you’re unsure about which products are safe to use, don’t guess! Check your owner’s manual or contact our certified Mazda service center in Columbia for more info.

What Cleaning Products are Safe for Leather Seat Care?

Seat leather care will vary between makes and models, so you should find out how to clean leather car seats in your particular vehicle before getting started. Still, it’s helpful to know what household products are safe to use on leather car seats in a pinch. Follow these general guidelines for which products are and aren’t safe for leather seat care:

Safe for Leather Seat Care

  • Plain, undyed cloths for lightly dusting your car seats prior to cleaning
  • An leather seat care product approved for your Mazda interior
  • A small amount of soap + warm water for washing

Not Safe for Leather Seat Care

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

Additional Leather Seat Care Tips

  • Most spills will happen while you’re out driving in Irmo, so it’s best to be prepared with a travel leather seat care kit. That way, you can prevent excess damage and clean your car seats more thoroughly when you have time. Keep a couple of microfiber cloths and a small bottle of leather seat care solution stashed in the glove box.
  • Long exposure to sunlight can cause car seat leather to bleach and crack. Prevent this by conditioning your car seats once or twice each week, using a sunshade, and parking in the shade when possible.

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