Leather car seats can be just as comfortable as any other kind of seat. However, car owners who have leather seats have to deal with certain issues that are not really a concern for those with different kinds of car seats. One of those issues is the fact that over time, leather can start to harden. If leather gets too hard, it becomes extremely uncomfortable to sit on. It is also possible that the leather can crack. Cracked leather looks terrible and it can be quite a hassle to fix. If you have noticed that your leather car seats have started to become a bit stiff, there is no need to panic, you can soften the leather before it starts to crack. In this article, we are going to go over the best way to soften leather car seats and we will show you why auto detailing is the best option for keeping them soft.
“A specialty soap or liquid leather cleaner will often contain ingredients that help to soften leather”
Cleaning the seats with a speciality soap or liquid leather cleaner
The first step to making your leather seats soft again involves thoroughly cleaning your leather seats with either specialty soap or with leather cleaner. For best results, it is recommended that you take your seats completely out of the car before cleaning them, this helps ensure that you are able to thoroughly clean the entire seat. Cleaning your seats helps in 2 ways. Firstly, by cleaning the seat, you will be removing any dirt or debris which could be damaging the leather on your seats. Secondly, specialty soap or liquid leather cleaner will often contain ingredients that help to soften leather.
Applying leather conditioner
Once you are satisfied that you have thoroughly cleaned your seats, you can move on to the next step, which involves applying leather conditioner to the seats. Grab some leather conditioner and start working it into each seat. There is no reason to be rough, as you risk damaging the leather. Go slowly and really make sure that the conditioner is worked into the leather. After the conditioner has been thoroughly worked into the leather, wait a bit, and the leather should start to absorb the conditioner. Once the conditioner has been absorbed, you should wait a few days before checking to see if the is the leather is feeling any softer. Be careful about using too much leather conditioner, if you use too much it will not dry properly, and your seats will remain wet. Depending on how stiff the leather on your seats is, you may need to repeat this process multiple times over the span of a few days before you start to notice a real change.
Keeping your seats soft
Once your leather seats feel soft again, you should work on keeping them that way. Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your leather seats in pristine condition. Either clean the seats yourself on a weekly basis or invest in auto detailing to keep your seats clean. Keeping your seats clean and moisturized will ensure that the leather does not begin to stiffen.