How to Clean Car Seats

woman vacuuming rear seat

Are you wondering about the proper techniques for cleaning your car seats at home? You may be surprised to find out that this task is simpler than you might think! The tips below will make cleaning your car interior quick and hassle-free. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact the team at Sam Leman Automotive Group.

How to Clean Fabric Car Seats

Required Items: 

  1. Cleaning solution spray designed for fabric (NOT an all-purpose cleaner)
  2. Interior brush (soft or medium-stiff bristles, NOT a stiff carpet brush)
  3. Microfiber towels
  4. Enough time for the seats to dry before driving the car anywhere
Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Vacuum the seats before you begin.
  2. A lint roller or special pet hair removal tool may come in handy if there is a lot of pet hair on the seats.
  3. Lightly spray the cleaning solution onto an area you want to clean, but do not use too much cleaning solution. This can lead to mildew. It is also recommended that you leave the door or the windows open when you do this.
  4. Use the interior brush to massage the cleaning solution into the fabric.
  5. When you begin to notice suds, use the microfiber towel to remove them. You do not want the fabric to dry before the suds are removed.
  6. Continue this process until the area is clean, then move on to the next section until you are satisfied with the condition of your seats.
  7. To help the drying process, you can vacuum the seats once again. Do not use the car until the seats are dry.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Required Items: 

  1. Leather cleaner, saddle soap, mild leather soap, or 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil solution
  2. Microfiber towels
  3. Interior brush (soft-bristled, NOT a stiff carpet brush)
Vacuuming Car Seat
Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Before you begin, take a look at your owner’s manual. You will want to check if there are any products the manufacturer recommends not to use.
  2. Carefully vacuum the seats to get rid of any dust and debris. This should be done gently to avoid any scratches on the leather upholstery.
  3. Spray your leather cleaner on the microfiber towel to wipe the seats clean and remove surface dirt and oils.
  4. Spray cleaner onto the seats. You will want to avoid this and spray the cleaner directly on the brush if you have perforated leather seats. Use the brush to lightly clean the surface.
  5. Wipe the seats using a clean and dry microfiber towel.
Hand Wiping Down Leather Seating

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Knowing how to maintain your vehicle, such as how to clean car seats, will help it stay in like-new condition for as long as possible. Whether you are looking to spruce up your BMW 3 Series, Mazda CX-5, or Jeep Renegade interior, or are due for your next oil change, y0u an count on Sam Leman Automotive Group to help. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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