How to Remove Stains in Leather Seats

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  • October 22, 2017
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You left the car window down or the sunroof open and there’s a water stain in your car’s leather seat, or your girlfriend spilled her red wine, or perhaps your kids decided they were a soon to be artist and tried their techniques out on your leather car seat.

No matter what the case is, stain removal in leather seats can be tough, so we are trying to help you with some great tips to help clean up the seats.

Most leather in today’s cars is a finished leather with a waterborne urethane leather dye applied to it and is pretty susceptible to chemicals and can be removed pretty easily with a solvent cleaner.

Water stains in a leather seat are pretty hard one to get rid of. but there are two things you could do, one is sand the crease out and with some fillers and dye make the seat new again, this is where a leather professional comes in to play, or replacement of the section that is creased, that’s where an upholstery shop comes in.

In these type of situations there aren’t any leather conditioners or cleaners in the world that will remove a creased or puckered leather, what happens is the actual structure of the fibers in the leather have been altered and what you see is what you have.

If the water hasn’t puckered the leather and has just left a stain, a little trick you can try is to take a piece of bread and roll it up into a ball and rub and blot the area with the bread ball, it works pretty good.

Most of the time water will just evaporate and with no problems and the stains will disappear. If your car leather gets wet, dry it as best you can with a towel and then condition it with your Lexol Conditioner. One way to dry the car’s leather is by leaving the windows down and setting it in the sun to dry, or crack the windows and turn your car on with the heat on full blast and let it run for about 30 minutes. But make sure to always condition it, some rain waters are pretty dirty and harsh and the leather needs those extra nutrients to keep it soft.

Mold Stains on Leather Seats or Mildew

This one kinda goes along with the water stains. Take and mix a cup of water and a cup of rubbing alcohol and mix them together, take a towel and rub a small amount of the solution onto the stained areas, until the spot is gone, again watch for dye lift, this trick works pretty well and usually removes the mildew pretty quick without dye removal.

Food Stains in Leather Seat:

This one can be an easy one if you just don’t eat in your car, but we’re all guilty as most and eat on the run. A mild dish soap and warm water with a rag or scotch brite pad will do the trick in most cases. Most automotive leather is finished and food stuffs usually will wipe right off.

If you run into a stubborn one though try a little all-purpose degreaser on a rag, don’t rub too much or the dye may lift. If the stain on your leather car seat from food doesn’t come up with this then the dye from the food has penetrated the fibers of the leather and has dyed it, so it’s time for a professional leather dye job.