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How to Condition Leather Car Seats

Leather car seats give the interiors of a vehicle an even more luxe appearance. Unfortunately, this material is prone to scruffs, scratches, and cracking that’s why it’s essential to condition the leather to extend its life and give your car a clean, fresh appearance on the inside. While you can always drive to your local dealer for professional cleaning, you can condition your car seats on your own! Here’s a step-by-step guide how:

Step 1: Clean the Seats

You can’t condition your car seats if they’re dirty so clean them first. If you don’t, grime and contaminant buildup will be sealed into the leather, giving your car seats an uneven finish. Use a leather cleanser and work the product in according to the manufacturer’s direction. Don’t forget to pay careful attention to the folds and creases in the seating because these spots are the dirtiest!

Leather cleaners help get rid of marks and grime on the surface of the material. As far as performance goes, some leather cleaners can remove scruffs and old stains others don’t so we suggest reading various reviews before making a purchase.

Step 2: Apply a Color Restorer

If say, the leather seat is badly stained or the color is no longer even thanks to extended exposure to sunlight, you need to use a leather color restorer after cleaning the seats. These products will stain the material for a uniform color. The key here is to choose a color restorer’s hue that closely matches your seats and leather trims. There’s no need to search for an exact match because color restorers contain ingredients that will blend with your seats’ color over time.

When applying the color restorer, apply thinly, layer the product slowly and work the product carefully so you don’t overdo it and come out with patchy results. Read the manufacturer’s instruction before applying the color restorer.

Step 3: Apply Leather Conditioner

There are two types of leather conditioners, one that soaks into the material to recreate the look and feel of new leather and another that restores the shine of the leather.

The leather conditioner that soaks into the material is often called an “intensive” leather conditioner or a restorer conditioner. These products work on a micro scale to bond with the leather itself, strengthening and protecting the material to achieve “as new” look, smell, and feel.

On the other hand, the second type of leather conditioner is formulated with a glossing agent to give the material a beautiful gleam. Because of the glossing agent, there’s no need to coat the seats with a leather polish after cleaning. Whichever type of leather conditioner you’ll use, make sure to pay careful attention to the creases and folds to achieve an even, thorough clean.

Step 4: Finish Up with a Leather Polish

After cleaning and conditioning the leather seats, seal off your hard work with a leather polish. As the name implies, leather polish gives the leather seats a gorgeous sheen, acting almost like a varnish. Do not apply leather polish unless the material has been cleaned and conditioned completely because the product will seal old stains, making them almost impossible to get rid of!

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