How to Clean Leather Car Upholstery with Laundry Detergent
Cleaning leather car seats is significantly trickier than tackling your average living room sofa because of the logistical challenge of reaching the dirt. That said, some underhand tactics and a little detergent make short work of the job:
- Prepare the way for cleaning by vacuuming the seats to suck up dust and crumbs – use an upholstery brush attachment to avoid damaging the leather. Remember to target the clumps of dirt that often congregate between the backrest and the cushion.
- Fill a spray bottle with warm water, adding a heaped teaspoon of detergent – fragranced products will leave the upholstery smelling fresh, reducing the need for an air freshener
- Fill another spray bottle with warm water only
- Spray the seat with the soap bottle, paying particular attention to soiled areas. Lightly scrub with a soft cotton cloth, then rinse with the warm water and leave to dry.
For a more natural approach to cleaning car leather seats, try a water-vinegar solution:
- First, fill a spray bottle three-quarters full with vinegar and then top-up with warm water
- Spray seat from a distance of around 20cm
- Lightly rub the solution into the seat with a damp chamois
- Refill the bottle with water, rinse the seat and leave to dry for great results
Clever cleaning tip: Once you’ve got clean leather car seats, you’ll be keen to keep them that way. Apply a leather conditioning and moisturising treatment once every three months or so to protect the material from heat, sunlight, and spillages.