Can you tell me what to clean leather seats with? I bought a used car with white leather seats. The upholstery’s in pretty good shape, just stained a lot. Thank you.
Margaret Pierce, Combs, AR
Smooth-grained, finished leather is easier to clean than unfinished leather or suede. You can start working on your car’s upholstery right now if you have olive oil, vinegar, and some mild face soap on hand. For full, detailed instructions, here is the link to the article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-leather-with-simple-homemade-leather-cleaning-recipes/
Right now, let’s go over the basic steps on how to repair and clean a leather car seat. Since leather is skin, mild soap is better than dish detergent or other soaps that will dry it too much.
First, mix one part face soap and eight parts water, spray this on a clean cloth, and wipe it against the grain of the leather. If this removes the stains, let the leather air dry in the shade. Otherwise, try the next step.
Second, a stronger cleaner for white leather is a mixture of a quarter cup of vinegar and half a cup of olive oil. Spray this directly on the stain and let it sit for five minutes. Then wipe it off. This solution is a better way to remove gum from leather.
Third, if there happen to be ink marks, put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. Rub it in circular motions until the ink dissolves.
Finally, you can use cream of tartar and lemon juice as a spot treatment and remove other stains on leather upholstery. The article will tell you how.
In conclusion, it’s a great idea to invest in leather conditioner so you can keep your new car upholstery in tip-top shape, too.