You have car leather upholstery. Eventually you will want to clean leather car seats
to either maintain them or because they have become so dirty you are embarrassed to let anyone get into your car.
The problem is that you have mislead by the industry who wants to keep you in the dark with outdated information despite that the leather in your car is a very different animal (pun intended of course) than what you either grew up thinking, or have been lead to believe by an industry that is less than transparent.
Sounds a little confusing doesn't it?!
I am telling you that there is something you don't even know that you should know. Something the industry is not going to tell you because it would hurt their bottom line.
No longer are they going to be able to sell you specialized car leather cleaners and specialized car leather cleaning brushes.
So what is this big secret the industry doesn't want you to know?
"Your car leather is coated with a clear, synthetic coating."
This means that all these special car leather cleaners and conditioners you think you are using on a natural material called leather, is actually being used on a natural material (leather) that has a synthetic coating on it.
All those ideas you have collect in your head about dealing with this delicate material called car leather is far more durable and easier to maintain than ever before; all because of this clear coating.
Because we have all been kept in the dark with outdated information, the industry can continue to sell us all this specialized "stuff" just to clean leather car seats or car leather upholstery.
Hearing that car leather is actually coated with a synthetic coating may be a bit disappointing to you at first, but actually represents the good news.
Now to clean leather car seat is simpler, easier than before, and maintaining your car leather upholstery is simpler and easier than ever before.
Most people like yourself are stuck in the past and the industry wants you to remain in your ignorance so they can retain the ability to continue to have you chase your tail shopping for dedicated car leather cleaners and car leather conditioners.
Pictured Above: As you can see by the before and after pictures above that drastic results are indeed possible. But the typical retail car leather cleaners are not going to produce these type of professional results.
What do I even mean by that?
This is to remind you that we are filled with many leather items in our world: leather shoes, belts, gloves, hand bags, etc. etc.
And the point is that "car leather is car leather". Leather car upholstery is different than the other types of leathers in your world.
Leather car seats exist in many of the cars and trucks today, and no longer is it just a material reserved for the elite among us. Leather can be found in everything from sports cars, sedans, trucks, SUV's, vans, and even higher end RV's.
"Darren, can you just show me what you would do"
Glad you asked!
No hat you have new understanding about cleaning car leather, now you can move forward in a way that is based on new understanding that will be easier and simpler.
Most of you visiting this page will likely be dealing with a healthy amount of dirty leather car seat cleaning. But fear not as I show you what I use professionally that you can also use at home to get the kind of results that will put a smile on your face.
But with that said, there are also those of you who have just recently purchased that brand new car with leather upholstery looking to maintain your cars' leather in show room condition. I also have answers for you if that is your situation.
Darren's Tips: Likely many of you reading this will having a bad mental reaction at the thought of using a cleaner to clean leather car seat with a cleaner not packaged specifically for use as a car leather cleaner.
This means there will naturally be a level of fear and anxiety on your part. I get that. So with that said, you can dilute this down as lean as you want with water which will allow you to "test the waters" using a different cleaner for your car leather until you see how safe it really is.
You can even spray your cleaning cloth with the cleaner first, then slowly or gently wipe your car leather clean until you build up that confidence. next thing you know you will be spraying this cleaner directly onto your car leather, scrubbing, mopping up and standing back with a big smile on your face because of the great results you are now getting.
Darren's Tips: If you have car leather that is brand new or does not have excessive amounts of dirt, then this car leather cleaning brush will be perfect for you especially if you are already fearful about cleaning your car leather.
But if your car leather is older and has a heavy build-up of dirt, then you may want to get the cleaning brush set just below.
Darren's Tips: You can star with the super gentle horse hair scrub brush to clean leather car seat. Use it and check your results. Many of you will find that the gentle horse hair bristles are not stiff enough to do a thorough cleaning on your car leather.
At that point you can switch to the stiffer synthetic scrub brush and go in gentle at first to verify your results, and then apply more pressure as needed based on the results you are getting.
The stiffer brush will also prove ideal in cleaning and scrubbing more durable materials in your car when cleaning and shampooing.
If you are trying to compare this natural horse hair brush with the Chemical Guy's brush from above, they are virtually identical. With that said, I know most of you will still need a stiffer brush to go along with the soft, natural brush, so my choice and recommendation would be to simply get this two brush set as it will serve all your "large area" car scrubbing and cleaning needs.
Darren's Note: When it comes to cleaning leather car seating you will be faced with a few variables: how much dirt you are trying to clean away, and how significant is the texture you will be working with to clean leather car seat. Not all leather is created equally as some is particularly smooth, while other car leather upholstery has a very heavy texture to it.
Based on the type of car leather you have, will determine the type of cleaning sponge or brush you will be required to use to clean leather car seat and other materials in your cars interior. Remember, these brushes are not just to clean your car leather, but any material within your car.
If you really did come here to find out how to clean leather car seats, consider yourself the exception to the rule.
The rule is that most people race to find the best car leather conditioner without giving much thought into cleaning leather car seats first.
For this reason I am adding what I do professionally to treat, condition, protect car leather once you have cleaned it.
Darren's Note: For most of you, the thought of using either a quick detailer or a spray wax goes completely counter to what you have been taught or believe when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your car leather.
Once you understand how much of your car is made of some form of a "plastic-type" material, you can begin to wrap your mind around using any of the above products from CSI to treat your car leather as part of ongoing maintenance.
My personal preference is to simply use the Q-7 Detailer to clean/condition light dirt, oils, smudges and dust from the interior of cars. It does a great job while adding and creating a completely uniform appearance to your cars interior; especially after you clean leather car seating that is either black or dark colored.
If you are looking for a greater level of protection, enhancement, and conditioning, then I would go with the Q-7 wax. It is also especially useful after cleaning black car leather to create a nice, uniform appearance.
The Nu Tyre Lotion is for anyone looking for enhanced gloss/shine along with a more "silky" feel to their car leather.
Old habits die slowly if they die at all. Many of you reading this will resist change of any kind and for this reason I default to what most of you are likely used to in the form of cleaning and conditioning car leather.
The following car leather cleaners and conditioners are packaged and labeled for the retail/hobbyist car owner, but they will still deliver professional results (so long as you don't have unrealistic expectations and with the understanding that I have personally laid out what I use and do professionally at the top of this page).
The following products are well known, have excellent reviews and will perform for you and your car if you are n fact looking for more "traditional" approaches to car leather cleaning and conditioning.
In closing I will add that when it comes to car leather cleaning, there is lots of bad information that is outdated and simply gets repeated from one website/blog to another.
Here are a few links to sites that discuss how to clean leather car seat, but not a single one of them talk about your car leather being coated and simply push the traditional car leather cleaning and conditioning products onto you.
DIY Network: This link will teach you how to make your own leather cleaner, but doesn't really teach you what you should know.
CarBibles: This site will teach you car leather cleaning based on all the outdated, traditional rules of car leather cleaning, but does nothing to update you with new information based on new technology
If you have made it to the end of this page, you now have more information than most professional detailers who are just starting out. You also could now likely clean leather car seats better than most of these "newbie detailers" I see springing up all over the place.
I hope the information on this page will help you in your car leather care moving forward.
If you have car leather upholstery that you know is excessively dirty, and you want to see what I use for excessively dirty car upholstery regardless of material, you can go to: heavy duty car leather cleaning
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