When it comes to leather car seat cleaning most of you will go in search of answers only after your leather has become heavily soiled. At this point you will likely have reached out to what the industry offers in a dedicated car leather cleaner only to be disappointed yet again!
It is one thing to keep your car's leather clean from the beginning. An entirely different thing to clean car leather that has been neglected for years and now you have decided you can't tolerate the dirt any longer and go in search of the best car leather cleaner. Not only will you be presented with endless choices, but most of you will be sorely disappointed when you learn first hand that most traditional car leather cleaners are not formulated to be strong enough to clean leather in your car that is truly dirty.
Is your car leather beginning to look something like the picture to the right?
Not horrid, but certainly in need of some attention in the form of leather car seat cleaning.
But nonetheless, the leather in this picture is well over-due for some attention and the regular maintenance of cleaning has been "deferred". And while most over the counter retail leather cleaning products will remove some dirt, these same retail products have been dumbed down to the point where they deliver unacceptable results for most people who have let the leather in their car go too long without cleaning.
For a greater understanding of the different types of car leathers, you can see my Car Leather discussion page for a comprehensive overview. It will open in a new window so you may return here easily.
Before Cleaning Car Leather
After Cleaning Car Leather
While I could have used much more dramatic before and after pictures as I have on other pages of this site, these pictures represent what I consider the situation in which most of you will find yourselves; dirty, but not excessively dirty. At one of my other car leather upholstery cleaning pages, you can see a more dramatic before an after picture I took while cleaning the leather in a Lexus RX.
"I get it Darren, most leather cleaners suck and I am tired of the disappointment, can you tell me what you use so I can get these same level of results!"
Glad you finally asked!
Interestingly, and probably not completely surprising at this point is that the product I use for these results isn't an actual car leather cleaner, but a heavy duty All-purpose cleaner that is labeled as a super degreaser...but don't be misled! This is literally what I use professionally and hold tight as one of my favorite secrets of my success in the ability to clean leather upholstery unlike much of my competitors.
I have had countless customers stand in amazement as they behold their leather upholstery they had no idea could be cleaned to this level of clean once again!
Meguiar's Super Degreaser:
Darren's Professional Tips: If I had to live with a single all-purpose cleaner, this one from Meguair's would be it! For it represents the winning combination of features and I use it for so many off-label uses in my professional detailing business:
Almost as important as the product or chemical itself, is the combination of the right tool with the right chemical, following proper techniques of leather car seat cleaning. Since most people want to treat their cars' leather with "kid gloves" as the saying goes, you must remember that in order to obtain the kinds of results shown in the pictures, you must use much more aggressive products and techniques, which include a scrub brush.
Use the video below to see me put the heavy duty cleaner in action as I clean this leather seat from a Mercedes Benz. The red cleaner in the video is the Meguiar's Super Degreaser diluted down 6:1. For all my detailing tips videos you can visit my YouTube channel.