How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Kia Leather seat interior

Drivers from Kansas City to Independence are wondering how to clean leather car seats in their new Kia models. Regularly cleaning your vehicle’s seats will help prevent permanent damage to the leather or fabric so your car stays in great condition for long drives on Lee's Summit area roads. Learn more about the best tips and cleaning products for maintaining your car’s interior at home with our step-by-step guide, and reach out to your local authorized Kia service center with any questions you may have.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Leather Seat Care Supplies:

  • Leather cleaner, saddle soap, mild leather soap, or 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil solution
  • Microfiber towels
  • Interior brush (make sure it is a soft-bristled brush, not a stiff carpet brush)

Leather Seat Care Instructions:

  • Check the owner’s manual for specific instructions for your model along with any products you should avoid using.
  • Vacuum the seats to remove all debris, being careful to avoid scratching the leather. Use small attachments or an air compressor to get into small crevices.
  • Spray leather cleaner on the microfiber towel and wipe the seats to remove surface dirt and oils.
  • Spray cleaner onto the seats and carefully scrub the surface with the brush.
  • If you have perforated leather seats, be sure to spray the cleaning solution onto the brush before applying it to the seats.
  • Finish by wiping the seats with a clean and dry microfiber towel.

How to Clean Fabric Car Seats

Fabric Seat Care Supplies:

  • Cleaning solution spray designed for fabric (not an all-purpose cleaner)
  • Interior brush (make sure they have soft or medium-stiff bristles)
  • Microfiber towels
  • Ample time for the seats to air dry

Fabric Seat Care Instructions:

  1. Vacuum the seats to remove all particles.
  2. If you have a pet, consider completing a second wipe down with a pet hair removal tool.
  3. Be sure the doors and windows are open for ventilation.
  4. Spray the cleaning solution onto the desired area, but avoid saturating the fabric too much to prevent mildew issues.
  5. Use the interior brush to massage the cleaning solution into the fabric.
  6. As suds appear, wipe them away with the microfiber towel. If the fabric dries before you do this, the dirt will be pulled back into the fibers.
  7. Continue steps 4-6 until the area is clean, then move on to the next section.
  8. After cleaning, vacuum the seats to speed up the drying process. Let the seats finish drying before you use the car.

Alternatives To Fabric Cleaner

Laundry Detergent: Mix detergent with hot water.

  • Apply the solution with a spray bottle or sponge. Use cold water on a microfiber cloth to wipe the dirt away.

Vinegar: Mix 1 cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and a gallon of hot water.

  • Dab onto the seats and scrub with a brush. Use clean water and a microfiber towel to remove the dirt and suds.

Baking Soda: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water.

  • Use a toothbrush to scrub out tough stains with the baking soda mixture. After scrubbing, let sit for 30 minutes, then blot away the stain with a clean cloth or towel.

Club Soda: Put club soda in a spray bottle.

  • Spray a light layer of club soda to the fabric, using a soft-bristle brush to scrub out the stains. Wipe away the dirt as it comes to the surface.

Vehicle Service at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit

If you’re looking to save time and effort with your leather seat care, schedule a service appointment at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit near Raytown, and we can provide quick and reliable service. Whether you’re wondering how to clean leather car seats or something else, you can always rely on our Lee's Summit experts. Contact us for everything from ordering parts to finding local attractions.


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