How to Clean Leather Car Seats

August 2nd, 2019 by

Front brown leather seats inside Porsche 911 Targa

When entering the cabin of a premium vehicle like a new Porsche, finding high-end appointments like leather seating is a given. While nothing provides the experience of reclining in a seat fitted with buttery-soft leather for your Saratoga commute, this type of covering does require additional care to keep the upholstery in good condition. Protect and maintain your leather seating, along with your Porsche interior as a whole, for years to come with our tips and tricks on how to clean leather car seats.

Steps for Porsche Leather Seat Care

While enjoying the leather seating of a new Porsche is a privilege, this type of upholstery requires more specialized care than the typical cloth seating found in many vehicles. Follow the steps below to make sure you’re properly caring for your leather.

  • Vacuum Your Seats: Remove any dust, dirt, or debris from the crevices of your seat with a vacuum.
  • Clean Your Seats: Using a microfiber cloth and soft-bristled brush, gently clean your vehicle’s leather upholstery with an appropriate pH-neutral cleaning solution. If your Porsche comes with perforated seats, be careful to avoid getting cleaner inside the seat.
  • Condition Your Seats: Find a high-quality leather conditioner, and rub it into the seats using a microfiber cloth.
  • Protect the Leather: Once your seats are cleaned and conditioned, take all other necessary steps to further protect your vehicle’s leather. Start by keeping your vehicle out of the Bay Area sun by parking under a tree or in a garage.

Cleaning Products for Leather Seat Care

If you’re looking to quickly dust your leather seats before heading out in Los Altos, you should use a colorless, simple damp rag. For a deeper clean after a Los Gatos drive, you can use a bit of soap with warm water or purchase a commercially-made leather cleaner to wipe down the seats. If you need recommendations for cleaners, check your owner’s manual to see if there are any specific suggestions for your vehicle. You can also research what type of leather conditioner is best for Porsche seats. If you’re planning to care for your leather seats at home, there are certain materials and cleaners you’ll want to avoid using, so you don’t inadvertently damage the leather, including:

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

Follow Porsche Fremont for More Porsche Care Tips

For more advice on caring for your Porsche vehicle, turn to the certified technicians at the Porsche Fremont service center near Palo Alto and Hayward. We can teach you how to check your tire pressure and explain why tire rotation is important, in addition to offering tips for caring for your leather seats.

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