Part 2: Conditioning Leather Seats

April 6th, 2016

Clean, Rub and Buff with a Good Quality Product (part 2)

Conditioning leather: choose a water-based, pH neutral conditioner. Don't skimp here! Purchase ahigh-quality leather conditioner that does not contain silicone, petroleum distillates or waxes. The purpose of using a leather conditioner is to replenish the natural oils; choose one with top-quality ingredients. Cheaper leather conditioners may leave have a greasy finish.

Perform a spot test!!! (see part 1 from yesterday; do not take a chance ruining your leather or any part of your car!) Always spot check, check with your owner's manual and use less not more and be very cautious with perforated seat covers. Always follow the advice of the cleaning product manufacture and that of your owner's manual.

 Condition your seats. Apply the conditioner to the seats and again be cautious about stitching (see part 1). Use a dollar store micro-fiber cloth or a sponge to gently massage or rub it into the leather. Use less not more or run the risk of making the seats feel greasy or slippery. If you do use too much cleaner, keep wiping with clean micro-fiber clothes. This is not a waste, safe them, wash them and they can be used over and over again.

Park your car in your garage overnight or under a tree: NO SUNLIGHT for at least 24 hours! Let the conditioner do its work without the damaging rays of sunlight. Let the conditioner sit for a minimum of one hour....the longer the better.

Buff your seats. Once the conditioner has had a chance to do its job, take a clean dry micro-fiber cloth and polish the seats. Use circular motions and take care to wipe up excess conditioner. Keep changing to clean dry clothes if needed.

·                        => Don't over-condition your leather seats. Most seats only need conditioning treatment a few times a year. Avoid parking in the sun when you can as those UV rays can really dry out leather.

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