Leather seats are a sign of luxury and are typically more resistant to stains and allergens than cloth seats. But how do you maintain them properly? Find out on this episode of Autoblog Details. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
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[00:00:00] Believe it or not, leather seats have been in automobiles since the early 1900s. Then and still today, they're a sign of luxury and are typically more resistant to stains and allergens than cloth seats. But how do we maintain them properly? Find out today on this episode of Autoblog Details. My name is Larry Kosilla and I'm a professional detailer. Together with Autoblog, we're creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos. This is Autoblog Details.

[00:00:30] Here are the items you'll need for this task. First, open the seams of the seat with your fingers and gently vacuum out the crease. Particles trapped in these tight areas will act as an abrasive as the driver gets in and out of the seat over time. There are typically three tools used when cleaning leather for varying degrees of cleaning strength. Always use the least aggressive technique that will get the job done safely.

[00:01:00] The least aggressive method is spray leather cleaner on a small section of the seat and quickly wipe it with a clean dry microfiber towel applying medium pressure. This is a fast, easy, and safe technique I use every month or so for quick cleanups. If the dirt or stain has not been removed by technique one, then use a soft bristle brush to gently agitate and lift the dirt into the cleaning lather. Spray the leather cleaner
onto a one-by-one area and work the product until it becomes a white foamy lather. Do not allow the lather to dry

[00:01:30] as it will redistribute the dirt back onto the leather. Immediately scoop up the lifted stain with a microfiber towel. If the stain still persists, the next most aggressive method is to use an interior scrub pad with light to medium pressure.
Once again, apply the cleaner first and very gently scrub the leather. Extreme caution must be taken with this technique to avoid rubbing away the pigment or color. The age, condition, and specific type of leather will dictate its strength and vulnerability using the scrub pad technique. Finally, apply a leather conditioner

[00:02:00] to the freshly cleaned area to soften the material and prevent premature cracking. Having clean and crack-free seats is a great way to maintain the resell value of your car. For more how-to car care videos, visit autoblog.com/details. I'm Larry Kosilla from ammonyc.com. We'll see you next time. [00:02:17]

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