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Leather Seat Cleaning - Need Help!

dwoo0418

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Nov 17, 2017
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Orange County, CA
Hello TMC, I started to notice my seats getting stains because of my sunscreen usage (I think). I tried a normal leather cleaner without much success. Any recommendations/tips? Thanks!
 

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BrianS85

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Dec 1, 2018
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San Diego, CA
How aggressive did you get with the scrubbing? I clean my leather with 303 multi purpose cleaner and scrub the crap out of it to get all the grease and dirt off with a scrub brush.
This article was very helpful (I am not affiliated) when I was trying to figure out how to clean a leather seat. Clean leather car seats with tips from the professional detailer!

having said that, your staining almost looks more like some kind of chemical discoloration. I would still just try more elbow grease and a scrub brush with an all purpose cleaner.
 

dwoo0418

Member
Nov 17, 2017
50
9
Orange County, CA
How aggressive did you get with the scrubbing? I clean my leather with 303 multi purpose cleaner and scrub the crap out of it to get all the grease and dirt off with a scrub brush.
This article was very helpful (I am not affiliated) when I was trying to figure out how to clean a leather seat. Clean leather car seats with tips from the professional detailer!

having said that, your staining almost looks more like some kind of chemical discoloration. I would still just try more elbow grease and a scrub brush with an all purpose cleaner.
Thanks for the tip. I haven’t gone aggressive yet because I didn’t want to damage the leather. I just bought the chemical guys cleaner and conditioner. Hoping that works...
 

aerodyne

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Nov 19, 2018
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Thanks for the tip. I haven’t gone aggressive yet because I didn’t want to damage the leather. I just bought the chemical guys cleaner and conditioner. Hoping that works...
Strongly recommend NOT to use any cleaners except water and microfiber as per the Manual.
 

BrianS85

Member
Dec 1, 2018
124
57
San Diego, CA
Strongly recommend NOT to use any cleaners except water and microfiber as per the Manual.
He should definitely start with that but if it’s not working then he won’t have much choice but to try other methods. I thought scrubbing leather seats was insane when I first read the article but it worked.
 

aerodyne

Nose cone car - "Going Plaidish?"
Nov 19, 2018
3,432
5,216
Los Angeles
He should definitely start with that but if it’s not working then he won’t have much choice but to try other methods. I thought scrubbing leather seats was insane when I first read the article but it worked.
Sure, there is abrasive methods like magic eraser and such, but you remove the protective film bit by bit.

I reccommend a Seat Towel to avoid dirt and stains when not wearing clean clothes.
 

BrianS85

Member
Dec 1, 2018
124
57
San Diego, CA
Sure, there is abrasive methods like magic eraser and such, but you remove the protective film bit by bit.

I reccommend a Seat Towel to avoid dirt and stains when not wearing clean clothes.
Ah, so actually I agree with you on the magic eraser. That’s pretty abrasive and should be done with caution. That would be last on my list of things to try, if at all. A good horse hair brush really just agitates the cleaner to help lift the stain.

Curious to see if he can get this out. Keep us posted.
 

2101Guy

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