Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Cleaning tips for leather interiors

July 18, 2012

TORONTO — A number of sources were cited after a reader wrote into The Globe & Mail and said, “I recently purchased an Acura TL and want to know how to care for the leather seats.”

The July 17 column said some sources recommend leather cleaners and conditioners while Honda said the seats just need dusting, vacuuming and an occasional wipe down.

“The simplest way to prolong the life of your leather interior is to vacuum it regularly,” Honda Canada Spokesperson Chris Wood said in the story. “Chances are, if it can’t be solved with a vacuum, a soft cloth that’s been slightly dampened with water will do the trick. Just be sure to remove any remaining moisture by buffing the area with a dry cloth.”

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute also said the seats do not need much maintenance. While noting it is important to avoid tears or rips caused by sharp or rough objects, the representative said a leather cleaner and conditioner should be used for cleaning.

Consumer Reports noted in a previous article that drivers should gently clean interior leather with “leather cleaner, saddle soap, or another mild leather soap on a damp cloth.” They also reminded car owners to then remove all soap and moisture, particularly on seams and folds.

In the end, Honda, Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports did not name or recommended a specific leather product.