How to Sanitize and Clean Leather Seats
When you want to keep your vehicle safe and clean, it might be tempting to use a disinfecting agent. Depending on your interior, that could be a catastrophic choice.
Leather seats add a touch of elegance to a vehicle, but they need to be cleaned and sanitized in specific ways. Unless the product you have says it is for leather, you should not use it.
Before cleaning anything, use a vacuum to remove dirt and debris from the seat crevices. This step prevents accidental scraping and marks.
Once you’ve removed the material, you can apply a leather conditioning agent. In fact, a bottle of conditioning agent would make a good gift for the car lover in your life.
How to Make a Leather Conditioner at Home
The easiest way to create a sanitizing agent for leather seats is to mix a half-cup of olive oil with a quarter-cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. After allowing the fluid to sit for about five minutes, you can wipe it away with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Another option is to mix liquid dish soap with warm water at a ratio of one part soak to five parts water. Dampen a cloth with this solution to clean the surfaces. You don’t want to saturate the leather because excessive fluids can stain.
Wipe everything clean with a second damp cloth before drying thoroughly with a lint-free towel.
The best way to keep leather clean is to be proactive about stains. Wipe up spills the moment they occur. Then you can use non-gel toothpaste, lemon juice with cream of tartar, or baking soda to get rid of the spots.