Stepping into a car, a supple leather-appointed interior is one of the first things most people notice. From basic to bespoke, car manufacturers offer many different options when it comes to leather seating for style and comfort. In years past, luxury carmakers often used richly-hued, untreated aniline leather. While visually stunning, these seats were absorbent and hard to maintain without a protective coating. These days, while there are still some variations to types of leathers, most leather seats are coated and treated to be much more stain-resistant. Fortunately, that makes cleaning and maintaining them a much simpler task than ever before. Here’s our simple do’s and don’ts to guide you with vehicle leather seat cleaning:



  • Do spot-test any leather cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it is suitable for your seats.
  • Do vacuum thoroughly first. This ensures dirt, sand and loose grime won’t scratch or rub into your seats as you clean.
  • Do go slowly and work in small sections to minimize any chance of discoloration.
  • Do use microfiber cloth. They are soft and won’t scratch your leather surface.
  • Do look for non-toxic and natural ingredients if you are buying a commercial cleaner or conditioner.
  • Do clean regularly and condition occasionally. Clean your seats at least once a month and condition two to three times a year.



  • Don’t spray anything directly on seats, especially perforated leather. Dampen your microfiber cloth with the solution instead.
  • Don’t use conditioners that contain petroleum or waxes as they can cause product build-up and dull your leather’s finish.
  • Don’t let the wet solution dry on the seats. Make sure you massage it in with your cloth until it has been absorbed.
  • Don’t guess if you’re not the original owner. When in doubt, ask your trusted service center or the owner about the type of leather and if it has been re-dyed.
  • Don’t use hard bristles for deep cleaning. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush or a specifically-made car cleaning brush.
  • Don’t skimp when it comes to price. A high-quality, natural cleaner will bring out the beauty of your leather.
  • Don’t soak your cloth with a cleaning solution. Too much liquid can damage the seat or, if you have perforated leather, soak through and breed mildew or mold.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to start slow and build up to a more aggressive cleaning if your seats need it. You can also use the same cleaner on your leather dash or trim for a more detailed finish. Sticking to these tips will ensure your car’s leather seats will look beautiful for years to come.