How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Leather car seats are a luxury item that many people approach with trepidation. Some avoid them because of the added attention needed to clean them. Others opt to purchase leather seats but worry about eating or drinking in their cars, out of fear of soiling the seats. The truth is that leather car seats are quite easy to clean. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to clean leather car seats.



  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Leather cleaner
  • Soft cloths
  • Hairspray
  • Water
  • Vinegar

Here's what you do:

  1. Vacuum away any crumbs and crud that may be hiding in your car seats. In order to get into the tight spaces, move your backrest all the way down and attach a long nozzle to the end of your vacuum cleaner pipe. Be sure to get into the corner of the seat where the backrest and the bottom cushion meet.
  2. Apply patent leather shoe cleaner to the seats following the product's directions. While you want to clean the seats properly, take care not to saturate the seats with either the cleaning product or water. The more liquid you use, the longer it will take for the seats to dry.
  3. Rinse the cloth out thoroughly. Wipe down the seats and remove any excess cleaner with a damp cloth [source: Heloise].
  4. Apply an aerosol hairspray to any stubborn stains. Wipe it off with a dry, clean cloth [source: Mrs. Clean USA].
  5. Remove any salt stains from the snow by mixing one part white vinegar and one part water. Wet a cloth in the solution and then wring it out. Rub at the salt stains with the damp cloth and then allow the leather to dry [source: Mrs. Clean USA].