Car Care: Leather Upholstery Tips & Tricks
If you’ve never owned leather seats or never learned about leather care, then you’ve come to the right place! Numerous Mazda vehicles come with leather seats or even Nappa leather seats. Let us here at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, show you how to make sure your leather seats last!
Here’s how to care for the leather seats in your Mazda, as well as some things to avoid.
How to Properly Care for Leather Upholstery
There’s lots of different bits of advice on leather care floating around. Here are some basic ones to keep the leather seats in your Mazda in great condition:
- Use nontoxic cleaners and conditioners
- Clean at least once a month
- Condition every 4-6 months
- Clean a seat in sections
- Vacuum thoroughly before you start
- Use microfiber towels
There’s a lot of minutiae that goes into caring for leather. But if you keep the above tips in mind, you’re leather will stay like-new for years to come.
Avoid These Leather Care Mistakes
Compared to other types of upholstery, leather can seem temperamental. This is mostly because of bad cleaning habits or incompatible cleaners. Here are some mistakes to avoid when it comes to leather seats:
- Don’t let wet cleaning solution dry
- Don’t spray on too much cleaner
- Don’t use a damaging cleaner like bleach or ammonia
- Don’t use waxes on leather seats
- Don’t use brushes to clean your seats
- Don’t clean a leather seat without spot-testing first
Doing any of the above can lead to discoloration, cracking, scratches, greasy texture, or hurt the leather in your Mazda.
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