Keeping Your Seats Sexy


By Staff

Our Guide to Leather Seat Care


From bolsters to lumbars and headrests to shoulders, you have to agree, it's orgasmic strapping into a leather seat.  But how the hell do you keep leather seats looking fresh, supple and resistant to the woes of cracking?  Fear no more.  I’m covering a few techniques and products that’ll keep your skins feeling young and fresh.


First thing -- is not to start backwards.  Most leather seat owner knows that leather needs to be conditioned.  But what most people don’t realize is that conditioning is actually the last step.  First, your leather needs to be vacuumed. So grab what you can out of the closet, the shop vacuum or an actual car vacuum and get to work.  Make sure the nozzle can reach in to the seams and tight spots and along the stitching.  Then vacuum the carpet.  The last thing you want is a piece of dirt, rough material or other object scratching your leather during the cleaning process.


Which brings us to the next step.  Cleaning the leather.  Leather needs to be cleaned to remove the dirt and other residue that may buildup within the particles of the surface.  So you’ll need a legitimate product, because not every cleaner will do.  Any products containing petroleum, solvents, silicon’s, glosses or oils will cause more harm that good.  So make sure to always use a water-based cleaner.  Companies such by Leather Honey, Pinnacle, and Dr. Beasley’s are all leaders in the market of cleaning and protecting leather products.





Now that you have a product, it’s time to clean.  Of course my advice is to always have the right tool for the job.  The best option is a soft bristled leather brush.  These come in various sizes for tight spots.  Or you can opt for a microfiber-cleaning pad.  I prefer a brush, but when using any cleaning tool, your technique should be to lightly agitate the surface.  Do not scrub!  A very light circular motion is the best process to evenly cover the surface. Lastly don’t skip out on the back seats just because no one has sat there in a while.  Ultraviolet rays play hell on back seat headrests and seat bottoms.  So be consistent.


So finally we’re here.  The conditioning process.  This is fairly straightforward.  Again you should start with a good product.  Dr. Beasley’s, Pinnacle, Lexol and Wolfgang are all safe investments.  So using a fresh and clean microfiber pad or towel, evenly rub down your leather seats.  You don’t have to go overboard. Conditioner usually goes a long way.   But just as with cleaning, keep away from scrubbing or using extreme pressure when rubbing the conditioner in.


One last note is to set up a schedule on your phone or calendar to perform a monthly routine.  You should at least clean and condition your leather every few months. But don’t let it stretch past that.  Use these tips and techniques and you'll be caressing supple and smooth skin for a many years to come.






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