Automotive Leather Cleaning Tips: How Do I Clean My Seats?

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Leather Seat Covers – The Difference Between Cleaned and Uncleaned Leather

Here’s the deal…One of the most common questions we get here at The Seat Shop, is how well our covers will match up with the existing factory leather.  Color match is probably the most important characteristic of our covers.  We spend hours inspecting and matching our leather hides to the original OEM colors.

Any cover that is not up to our standards will not leave here to just “fill” an order.  However, an uncleaned seat can be the biggest problem with our covers initially not matching up with OEM leather.  Most of our customers have had between 5-10 years of wear on their seats, and most of them do not take great care of the leather.

An uncleaned, dirty seat can have a great deal of sheen built up on it, giving the leather a shiny, darker appearance.  The picture below is of an install we did here at the shop a few months ago.  We were replacing the driver and passenger seat bottoms on a 2002 Ford F250.  The left top is the passenger side which I had already cleaned.  When I set it back down to grab the driver’s side top to clean, this is what I saw:


These two tops are out of the same vehicle and had the same amount of wear on them (minus the tear in the driver’s side).  The color and sheen were identical to each other before one of them was cleaned.  To see exactly how we clean leather, please check out this video to help you ensure a perfect color match with your new cover.

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