How to Clean Car Seats the Right Way

A person cleaning leather car seats with a sponge

Phoenix drivers love their luxury vehicles, and that’s why we’ve brought you this guide on how to clean car seats. Regular seat care in your car will help prevent permanent damage to the leather or fabric, so your vehicle will stay in top condition on Scottsdale roads for many years to come.

Find out the best tips and cleaning products for leather or fabric with this step-by-step guide on how to clean car seats, and if you have questions, contact Volkswagen North Scottsdale today.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Find These Supplies:

  1. Purchase a leather cleaner, some mild leather soap, saddle soap, or make your own DIY solution with one-part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil solution
  2. Clean microfiber towels
  3. A soft-bristled scrub brush

Step by Step Instructions for how to clean car seats:

  1. Review your car’s owner’s manual for model-specific instructions for your vehicle.
  2. Vacuum the seats to remove all the dirt particles and avoid scratching up the leather. Use small attachments or even compressed air to clean out the crevices.
  3. Spray leather cleaner onto the microfiber towel, then carefully wipe down the seats to remove surface dirt and oils.
  4. Spray your leather cleaner onto the seats and carefully scrub the surface with your scrub brush.
  5. If your vehicle has perforated leather seats, spray your cleaner onto the brush before smearing it onto the seats. You want to avoid soaking the material.
  6. Wipe the seats thoroughly dry with your clean and dry microfiber towel.

How to Clean Fabric Car Seats

Find These Supplies:

  1. Cleaning solution spray made for use specifically on fabric car seats
  2. Interior brush with soft or medium-stiff bristles
  3. Clean microfiber towels

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Vacuum your car seats to remove all the dirt.
  2. If you have a pet, you may need to do a second cleaning with a special pet hair removal tool.
  3. Open the doors and windows of your car to improve ventilation while cleaning.
  4. Spray the cleaning solution onto the desired area, making sure you avoid over saturating the fabric.
  5. Use the scrub brush to carefully scrub the cleaning solution into the fabric.
  6. As suds begin to appear, wipe them away with your microfiber towel. If the fabric dries before you do it, the dirt will be pulled back into the fibers.
  7. Continue steps 4-6 until the car seat looks good and clean. Then, move on to the next section.
  8. Vacuum the seats after cleaning to speed up the drying process. Let the seats dry completely before closing your doors and windows.

Volkswagen North Scottsdale is Your Car Care Headquarters

Now that you know more about how to clean car seats, if you live near Cave Creek or Paradise Valley and don’t want to do it yourself, schedule a service appointment at Volkswagen North Scottsdale today. Our friendly service center is always at your service. You can also order your DIY car care products from our parts department. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!

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