How To Clean Leather Car Seats

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Learning how to clean leather car seats is an important part of maintaining your Mercedes-Benz vehicle at home in Princeton. However, you’ll want to be sure that you’re using the proper leather seat care supplies and techniques in order to avoid damaging your vehicle’s Catania, Designo, Lugano, Monza or Nappa leather upholstery. Learn more in the guide below from our certified Mercedes-Benz service center, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further car-care questions for us!

Tips for How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Hamilton drivers can easily learn to clean leather car seats safely. Just follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum your car’s seat surfaces thoroughly, including in the crevices between seats and seams.
  2. Working with one small area at a time, apply a ph-neutral cleaning solution to your car seat and clean with a microfiber cloth and/or soft-bristled brush.
  3. Be especially sparing with the cleaning solution if your car seats are perforated. You don’t want the liquid cleaner to soak into the seat leather through the perforations!
  4. After cleaning, condition the leather with a leather conditioner. Conditioning keeps your seat leather supple between cleanings, and provides protection from spills and scratches. To be sure you’re using products that are safe for the leather in your car, check your owner’s manual or purchase specialized leather seat care products from our Mercedes-Benz parts center.

Leather Seat Care Supplies

Your cleaning solution and supplies must be effective to remove buildup yet gentle enough not to scratch. In other words, the right leather seat care products will depend on the type of leather inside your Mercedes-Benz model. But what happens when you need to take care of an unexpected spill while on the road in Mercer County? While certain products will serve you well in a pinch, others should be avoided. Here’s what you need to know:

Safe for Leather Seat Care

  • Plain, undyed cloths for dusting seats before cleaning
  • A small amount of soap and warm water

Not Safe for Leather Seat Care

  • Sharp objects that could scratch
  • Household cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Dark cloths
  • Detergents

Additional Leather Seat Care Tips

  • Spills are bound to happen, so we suggest putting together a travel-sized seat-cleaning kit to stow in the glove box that includes a travel bottle of leather seat care solution and a stack of microfiber cloths.
  • Prolonged sun exposure can bleach and dry out your seat leather, so park your car in the shade whenever possible or use a sunshade. 

Learn More About DIY Car Care with Mercedes-Benz of Princeton 

Now that you know how to clean leather car seats, feel free to contact us with additional questions about maintaining your car between regularly scheduled service. Certified technicians at Mercedes-Benz of Princeton are happy to guide you through checking your oil and other DIY car-care tasks.


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