Leather Interiors: Simple 2 Step Process for Care & Maintenance
by Auto Restyling Blog on March 17th, 2014

By Danni Eickenhorst

We've all seen leather seats that are well worn, sundried and cracked. As leather seats or other car seat covers begin age, they are subject to harsh sunlight from sunroof exposure and other stresses from daily use.

Over time, leather begins to lose moisture and the protectants it was infused with during the manufacturing process. Vehicles with a convertible roof or sunroof may be at additional risk for sun damage, but with regular cleaning and care, these seats can retain their beauty, shine and flexibility of material. Therefore, your primary care focuses for your leather seats should simply be to keep them clean and to keep them moisturized.

Cleaning your Leathers Seats
We recommend that cleaning with mild soap and water rather than using harsh cleaners, abrasives, foams or other chemicals on your leather interior. Optionally, you can visit nearest auto parts store and ask for their recommendations - but be sure that any cleaners they choose are solvent-free and are pure a cleaner as possible. 

When cleaning with a mild soap, you'll want to apply the soap with a microfiber pad or a scrub brush designed for leather and vinyl seats. These are specifically designed to open the pore of the leather to allow dirt and body oils that get trapped within the seats to rise to the surface of the leather so they can easily be cleaned away.

Conditioning your Leather Seats
After cleaning your leather seats, you'll want to apply a generous amount of a leather conditioner to the surface of your seats. Allow it to penetrate the surface so that it can nourish and moisurize the seat. As the seat ages, it loses the protectants and moisture itnitially had. Many of the moisturizers on the market today are engineered at the molecular level to absorb into the leather and to help it retain its resiliance, softness and shine. 

Once the conditioner has had an opportunity to work its magic (perhaps 5 minutes - no more), simply buff it off with a soft cloth and you're done!

Have you found a soap or conditioner that you love? Let us know in the comments below!

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