How to Clean Leather Car Seats

cleaning red leather seats 

If you like taking good care of your Jaguar or other luxury car, regularly cleaning the leather upholstery is easier than you think. Follow our guide to leather seat care and save yourself a trip to your local authorized service center or detailer in Aurora or Schaumburg. Contact us at Patrick Jaguar of Naperville if you have any questions!

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Things you'll need: 

  1. One of these cleaning products: leather cleaner, saddle soap, mild leather soap, or a solution of 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil
  2. Several clean microfiber towels
  3. A soft-bristled interior brush (NOT a stiff carpet brush)


  1. Before proceeding, always check your owner's manual for instructions specific to your model and possible products NOT to use.
  2. Carefully vacuum the seats to remove all particles, and be sure to not scratch the leather. Use the smaller attachments or an air compressor to get into the cracks. 
  3. Spray your leather cleaner on the microfiber towel to wipe the seats clean and remove surface dirt and oils.
  4. Spray cleaner onto the seats (if you have perforated leather seats, spray onto the brush to apply to the seats), and gently scrub the surface with the brush.
  5. Wipe the seats with a clean and dry microfiber towel.
2019 Jaguar XE leather sport seats

How to Condition Leather Car Seats

Applying leather conditioning on a regular basis will help prevent cracks and dryness, and preserve the softness of the leather for longer. Here's how to condition your leather seats:

  1. Be sure the leather conditioner contains only natural ingredients--avoid products with ingredients like petroleum distillates, waxes, and silicones.
  2. On a clean and dry microfiber cloth, apply a small amount of conditioner.
  3. Work the conditioner gently into the leather in circles.
  4. Let the conditioner soak into the leather for about an hour before touching the upholstery.
  5. Try to keep the seats out of the sunlight during this stage, so the material can fully soak up the conditioner before prematurely drying.
  6. Once the seats have fully absorbed the conditioner, gently buff them with a new microfiber cloth.

More Leather Care Tips

  1. Keep microfiber cloths and cleaning solution in your car to clean your seats of dust, spills and debris as they appear. This will prevent long-term damage to your car interior.
  2. If you have a garage, store your vehicle in it as much as possible. Protecting your vehicle from exposure to extreme temperatures may prolong the life of the leather.
  3. When driving around the Chicagoland area, park your car in the shade as much as possible to reduce sun bleaching or sun damage to the seats.

Keep Your Vehicle In Top Shape at Patrick Jaguar

If you don't have time to clean your interior yourself, schedule serviceat Patrick Jaguar near Downers Grove and Wheaton, and we are happy to do it for you! Get more car care tips from our knowledgeable staff, like how to clean the inside of your windshield, or find out more about Jaguar accessories that can protect your interior today!