How to Clean Leather Car Seats

cleaning a leather car seat


Buying a vehicle with a leather interior like a high-end Lexus RX SUV or Lexus ES sedan can be a good investment and will make for a luxurious ride on Holmdel roads. However in some ways, leather seats require more proper care and maintenance than cloth seats do. Find out the best way to clean leather car seats and how to prevent excess wear and tear on your car interior at Ray Catena Lexus of Freehold. Then check out more car care tips, like information on serpentine belts, at your local Lexus Freehold service center!

What Cleaning Products Should Be Used?

You should use a colorless, simple damp rag or microfiber cloth to lightly dust or wipe your car seats down. If there are stains or dirt that you want to try to get out, a soft-bristle brush gently applied should work.

Cleaning supplies that are generally safe to use:

  • Warm water with mild soap
  • Special leather cleaner
  • Saddle soap
  • Solution of 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil


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

Tips on How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Follow these simple steps to get your leather car seats clean and looking like new again:

  1. To start, you’ll want to vacuum the crevices of your seats to remove any dust, dirt, or debris.
  2. Once the debris has been removed,apply a pH-neutral cleaning solution to your upholstery making sure to avoid getting any liquid cleaner into any perforations.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth and soft-bristled brush to gently clean the leather upholstery.
  4. After your seats are clean, apply an approved leather conditioner to your seats, and gently work in using a clean microfiber cloth. Let conditioner dry and then buff in with another clean microfiber cloth. Using leather conditioner will help keep your seats supple and avoid cracking.

Additional Leather Seat Care Tips

  1. Keep a travel bottle of leather cleaning solution and clean microfiber cloths on hand in your vehicle. This will help you keep your seats clean of dust, spills and debris while on the go around Huntington Beach.
  2. If you have access to a garage, use that to store your vehicle as much as possible. Avoiding extreme temperatures can help preserve the life of your leather.
  3. When out running errands in Corona Del Mar or running errands in Irvine, be on the lookout for shaded parking spots. Parking in the shade can prevent sun bleaching and damage.

Rely Your Local Lexus Dealership in Freehold

To find out more about how to care for your leather seats in your Lexus vehicle, or even to learn how to program the Lexus garage door opener, contact us at your local Lexus NJ service department in Freehold. We’ll be happy to provide recommendations and additional information, and you can even get local recommendations about the Freehold area, like the best Halloween attractions, where to shop at the Freehold Raceway Mall, our favorite Freehold restaurants, and more.

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