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How To Clean Leather Car Seats

Driving home in a new MINI Cooper Countryman or Convertible with leather-appointed seating? If this is your first car with leather upholstery, you’ll need to learn about leather seat care to keep your car seats in great condition for years to come.

How can you keep that new-leather luster for as long as you own your MINI? Read on for leather seat care tips from the team at East Bay MINI!

How Do You Keep Leather Seats in Good Condition?

Although there’s nothing like a deep clean to reclaim lost lustre, regular care at home goes a long way toward extending the life of your car seat leather. The following simple maintenance tips can help between visits to our service center near Oakland:

  • Regular Light Dusting — Regularly dusting your seats with a light rag removes dirt and particles that can scratch the leather.
  • Vacuum Your Seats — It’s important to remove any dust, dirt, or debris using a vacuum cleaner before you get down to cleaning the leather. Otherwise, these particles may scratch the leather during cleaning. Take care not to use a brush attachment with rough bristles on your vacuum, as it can pull or scratch the leather.
  • The Right Cleaning Supplies — You need special supplies to properly clean car leather and avoid damage: pH-neutral cleaning solution, a microfiber cloth, and a soft-bristled brush. Apply the solution lightly. For perforated leather, take care that the fluid doesn’t soak through the perforations and into the seat.
  • Regular Conditioning — Leather conditioner protects the leather and helps keep your seats clean longer. Apply conditioner with a microfiber cloth to avoid disturbing the leather.
  • Sun Protection — Over time, bright sunlight can bleach the shine out of car seat leather. Parking in a garage or under a shady tree as often as possible will help avoid sun damage.

What Cleaning Products Should Be Used?

As noted above, the right cleaning products and supplies are crucial for proper leather care and preventing damage. Ideally, you should have the following available for at-home cleaning:

  • A pH-neutral cleaning solution
  • A stock of microfiber cloths
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A trusted leather conditioner

Your owner’s manual may suggest a specific cleaning product for your car’s type of leather. If you can’t find any info, or have questions about MINI care and OEM parts, contact our knowledgeable service center team or visit us near Livermore.

While warm water and a bit of soap will do in a pinch, some household objects should never touch your car seat leather. Do not use the following household items to clean car seat leather:

  • Sharp objects that may scratch
  • Household spray or liquid cleaner
  • Dark-colored cloths
  • Detergents
  • Furniture polish

Rely on Our Service Team for MINI Service and Repair

Questions about keeping your MINI in like-new condition? Our service team is happy to answer questions from drivers in San Francisco about common maintenance issues and how to interpret your MINI dash warning lights. If you’re looking for MINI Clubman accessories to pair with your leather seating, we stock a wide variety of genuine MINI accessories at our parts center in Pleasanton!

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