How to Clean Car Seats

June 21st, 2021 by
Cleaning Leather Car Seat

Whether you are cleaning up after kids or simply want to freshen up the interior of your car, it’s important to know how to clean car seats. The steps you take will differ depending on whether your car seats are cloth or leather upholstery, as each material has its own unique characteristics. Find out how to clean your cloth seats, or how to clean your leather seats if you’re driving a premium model, with the service associates at Brooklyn Mitsubishi!

What’s the Best Way to Clean Leather Car Seats?


  • Appropriate Cleanser: saddle soap, mild leather soap, leather cleaner, or 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil solution
  • Scrubbing Tools: microfiber towels and a soft-bristled interior brush (not a carpet brush)

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

  1. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions related to your vehicle’s seats.
  2. Gently vacuum the seats to remove any particles— using attachments to get into the crevices. Make sure you don’t scratch the leather during this step.
  3. Remove surface dirt by using a clean microfiber towel sprayed with a leather cleaner.
  4. Next, get a deeper clean by spraying the cleaner directly onto the seats lightly scrubbing the surface with the brush. NOTE: If you have perforated seats, spray the cleaner on the brush instead.
  5. Finish things up by drying the seats with a clean microfiber towel.

What’s the Best Way to Clean Cloth Seats?


  • Appropriate Cleanser: cleaning solution spray designed for fabric (not an all-purpose cleaner)
  • Scrubbing Tools: microfiber towels and soft or medium-stiff Interior brush ( not a stiff carpet brush)

How to Clean Cloth Seats

  1. Remove dirt, hair, and more by vacuuming; be sure to use the smaller attachments to get into the cracks of each seat.
  2. If your seats are covered with pet hair, a lint roller or specialized pet hair tool may be required to wipe down the seats.
  3. Open the doors and windows open for ventilation, and then spray the cleaning solution onto the seats. Make sure to use a light hand with the spray to avoid oversaturation and mildew issues.
  4. Massage the cleaning solution into the seat’s fabric using the interior brush.
  5. Used a microfiber towel to wipe away any suds that appear. If you don’t do this before the fabric dries, the dirt can be sucked back into the seats.
  6. Continue working over the seats until all of the fabric is clean.
  7. Perform one more quick vacuum in order to accelerate the drying process, and then allow your vehicle to sit until the seats are dry.

Are There Alternatives to Fabric Cleaner?

If you don’t have specialized fabric cleaner on hand, you can use the following options in a pinch:

  • Baking Soda: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water. Use it with a toothbrush to scrub out tough stains and then let the mixture rest on stains for 30 minutes. Finally, use a clean towel to blot away the stain.
  • Club Soda: Spray a light amount of club soda onto the stain and use a soft-bristle brush to scrub out the stains. Wipe away the dirt as it comes to the surface.
  • Laundry Detergent: Dilute a couple of drops into a gallon of hot water. Apply with a spray bottle/sponge. Wipe with cold water on a microfiber cloth to remove dirt.
  • Vinegar: Mix 1 cup of vinegar, a couple of drops of dish soap, and a gallon of hot water. Dab onto the seats and then scrub with a brush. Remove dirt and suds with clean water and a microfiber towel.

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