Caring for Leather Upholstery in Your Vehicle

Leather upholstery is a popular addition to most luxury vehicles. People like leather seats because they make things look sleek and attractive. However, leather seats come with the cost of extra maintenance. Neglecting to take care of the leather seats in your car can leave your luxury car looking terrible. Fortunately, taking care of the leather upholstery in your vehicle is simple and affordable.

Steps to Take Care of Leather Upholstery

When taking care of the leather upholstery in your vehicle, you need to clean it, protect it, and maintain it. Follow the steps below to take proper care of the leather in your vehicle.

  1. Use a carwash or a shop vac to vacuum out any extra dust or dirt from your vehicle before treating the leather.
  2. Use leather-specific cleaner and conditioner on the leather upholstery in your vehicle. Using a cleaner or conditioner not designed for leather can cause your leather to become damaged and frail.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth and scrub your leather upholstery and circular motions to clean it with the product thoroughly. Be careful not to use too much pressure! 
  4. Use a dry microfiber cloth to clean up the excess moisture from your leather seat after you wipe them down.
  5. Use a dry part of the microfiber to continue rubbing in circles until the leather is shiny.

Neglecting to maintain the leather upholstery in your vehicle will cause the leather to crack and look dated. On the other hand, with regular maintenance and care, the leather upholstery in your vehicle can look fantastic for years.

How Often to Treat Leather Upholstery in Your Vehicle

If you want to keep the leather seats in your vehicle in peak condition, you should treat them with a leather cleaner and conditioner once a month. Treating your leather seats this way is also a fantastic way to keep your car looking and feeling clean. In addition, well-conditioned leather upholstery will be resistant to cracking.

You need to treat your leather in your vehicle so often because the movement and weight put on the leather upholstery in a vehicle make it more susceptible to damage. In addition, leather upholstery takes more maintenance than cloth upholstery.

Why Choose Leather Upholstery in Your Vehicle?

Because leather upholstery takes additional maintenance than cloth upholstery, you may be wondering what the benefits of using leather upholstery are. There are several benefits to using leather upholstery instead of cloth in your vehicle.

Quick Clean Up

Spills are much easier to clean up with a leather upholstery option. It’s common for people to spill things in their car, and with leather upholstery, you can just wipe it right up instead of worrying about it soaking in. To compare, cloth seats will soak up the liquid immediately.

Dust and pollen are less likely to get trapped in the seats of a vehicle that uses leather upholstery. While cloth soaks dust and pollen like a magnet, leather does not soak up these products. As a result, leather is an excellent option for people who experience allergies.

Comfort and Breathability

Leather is significantly more breathable than fabric upholstery. This fact means you can feel comfortable riding in the car even during the summer months.


When properly maintained, leather upholstery is significantly more durable than fabric upholstery. However, it is vital to keep your leather well-conditioned to maintain its durability.

Unbeatable Style

Leather upholstery is stylish and luxurious, end of story. You can’t beat it if you want to replicate that look, smell, and feel. 

The Bottom Line?

People often assume that it’s harder to take care of because you need to condition your leather. You may need to care for your leather more frequently than you would fabric, but the overall care of the leather is easier than the care that fabric requires. Even though fabric does not need to be conditioned, cleaning fabric is significantly more difficult than cleaning leather upholstery.
When you spill on the fabric, the spill will soak into the seats, and you’ll need to find a way to suck the liquid out of the seats. The stain from a spill on fabric seats will often stick around for a long time. When you choose leather upholstery instead of fabric, spills are not nearly as much of a concern. Leather upholstery will not stain from spills as fabric upholstery will. Contact us today to treat your leather upholstery the right way.