Atlanta Cars: Cleaning Your Leather Seats

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If you own an Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet with leather seating, you are going to want to watch the video below. At your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, we’ve seen a lot of really poorly maintained leather seats: dusty, dirty, cracked, unconditioned leather that devalues the car both monetarily and visually.

If you are opting for the luxury of a leather interior in your new Atlanta car, then you are also opting in to maintain and treat that leather in such a way as to not develop damage over the life of your vehicle. The fact of the matter is that, leather is very, very easy to take car of and that’s why it’s almost mind boggling don’t start paying attention to their leather upholstery until the later years of owning their vehicle.

Here are the steps to maintaining your leather car seats for quick reference: {source wikihow}

  1. Clean your seats. Before you can recondition your leather upholstery, you must clean off all the dirt and oils that have accumulated since the last clean. You may use a microfiber towel, a very soft bristled brush or a regular cloth-the less lint the better. Some leathers are more sensitive to scrubbing than others. You may use a store-bought seat cleaner or simply use a two-to-one water and general household cleaner mixture (i.e. Pine Sol or Mr. Clean).
  2. Wipe off the cleaner. Use any sort of damp cloth to remove the residue left by whichever cleaning solution you used. Dry the slightly wet seats off with another cloth. Make sure the seats are dry before applying any upholstery conditioner. If the seats are wet at all, it will be more difficult to rub the conditioner in, and they will likely not maintain their detail for as long a time.
  3. Choose your conditioner. There are a wide variety of conditioners available, and the price you pay for a bottle of conditioner usually corresponds to the quality of that conditioner. No brand is necessarily better than another, but there can be a quality disparity between standard and premium conditioners. No matter which conditioner you choose, the method is the same.
  4. Condition your seats. The process is similar to applying sunscreen. Use a regular kitchen sponge and apply liberally to the entire leather upholstery. Try to make it as even as possible, and be sure to rub the conditioner all the way in. Though you may use a lot of conditioner, do not leave it exposed by not rubbing it into the surface of the leather. The more you rub the conditioner in, the longer it will last and keep your leather seats protected.
  5. Park your car in the shade or in your garage overnight. Give the conditioner some time out of the sun so it has a chance to set in without the bombardment of UV light. The next day use a cloth to gently give the seats one last buffer before you hit the road.

Really people, taking care of your leather car seats really isn’t that difficult. In just a few simple steps, you save yourself the disappointment of getting less for your vehicle due to the condition of your interior seating when you opt to sell, or trade your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet. Having a well conditioned interior could add a sizable amount of money to your trade value, or asking price. After all, when a buyer is looking for leather seating, they don’t mean dry, cracked or torn seats. They want plush, soft pliable leather fit for a king. Trust us, your Atlanta car dealer, Southtowne knows a little something about leather interiors.

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