Maintain the Value of Your Car with These Seat Cleaning Tips

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 11:52 pm
person scrubbing the seat of a car, only the hand visible

When it comes to maintaining the value of your vehicle (or just being proud of the condition of your car), it can be important to regularly wash the outside of your vehicle, but the inside can be just as important. But what’s the best way to clean your seats? That depends on the kind of upholstery that you have. The best way to clean leather seats is very different from the best way to clean cloth seats, and both of those are also different from vinyl.

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What’s the best way to clean your seats?


When cleaning leather, it is a good idea to use a microfiber cloth and a cleaner designed for leather seats or a mild detergent diluted with water. Lather on the cleaner, and then remove it gently with a damp cloth without using much water, especially if the seats are ventilated. You can then buff the area gently to clean it off.


One of the best solutions for cleaning cloth seating in a car is a mix of vinegar, dish soap and water. With a hard-bristled brush you can scrub the stained or dirty area and then let it sit for a bit. Later, you can rinse the area and then dry it with a towel. For less intense stains, a damp cloth with a little cleaner should be fine to get the stain off.


Many vinyl seats are designed to look like leather with a lot of practical durability, but they should not be cleaned the same way. Water and a mild detergent is a tried and true cleaning method for more intense stains, and you should use a soft cloth, sponge, or brush. For more intense issues, checking your specific type of vinyl will enable the best care.

person scrubbing a car's central console with a yellow cloth

If you have a different type of upholstery in your vehicle, or have questions about your specific vehicle, it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual for details.