How to Care for Leather Car Seats

Leather seats are the cherry on top of a luxury car sundae, but without proper maintenance, they can be downright gross. Because leather is a natural material it is subject to fading and cracking because of heat and UV rays. Practicing routine maintenance will extend the life of your leather and keep your car looking factory new!

The Deep Clean

Step 1: Vacuum

Begin by vacuuming up any loose debris and dirt. If it’s been a while between cleanings your seats will have certainly picked up some unwelcome travelers, and trying to clean the seats without removing them will just rub them around.

Step 2: Apply Leather Cleaner

Spray your preferred leather cleaner onto the surface of the seat and use a soft bristled brush to gently agitate any problem areas. The most common spots are the creases and places where skin or hair routinely comes into contact with the leather.

Step 3: Wipe Dry

Use a clean, dry microfiber towel to wipe away any excess moisture. The seats will remain somewhat damp to the touch unless they have been coated.

Allow 1-24 hours for the seats to dry depending on your climate

Conditioning your Leather Seats

Step 4: Apply Leather Conditioner

Apply your preferred leather conditioner generously and evenly. Avoid letting it pool up in a single area to make sure you have even coverage. A good leather conditioner will keep the leather moist which prevents cracking, while also providing UV protection to maintain the color.

After application, allow 4-6 hours for the seats to absorb the conditioner.

Step 5: Wipe Dry

Using a clean, dry microfiber towel wipe off any excess conditioner and then wipe fully dry.

Spending a few minutes to complete this routine every 3-6 months will ensure that your seats outlast the car they’re riding in!

If you’re interested in TriNova products to care for your leather seats we have everything you need:


How often do you clean or condition your leather car seats? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • My vechile has been treated with MotorOne XPAK Leather preserver to all the cracking and fading,the sales consultant of this product told me there was nothing I needed to do except wipe over with a damp cloth when cleaning my car. I am very OCD about anything I own. Clean regularly and have kept a soft cloth on seat of drivers side but the seat is now beginning to crack where the leather breather holes are.
    I have emailed the company sent photos placed a claim with them only to be told that I’m not covered under the warranty as its wear and tear.

    But in the sales brochure it states that it prevents cracking and discolouration from U.V Ray’s this vechile has been kept garaged for 80% of it life with me always a sunvisor on windscreen with windows partially down.

    Not happy.

  • Just wondering how often (if necessary) would I condition my leather seats if covered by sheepskin seat covers?

    • Hi, Sharon! We recommend to re-apply every 6 months or if you start to notice the leather is becoming more dry!

  • I bought an 18 month old used car so I don’t know how well it was taken care of. Cleaned one time in 90 days so far and getting ready to clean hem again. What about sunlight? Do I need to keep car in a carport?

    • Hi, Julianne. That is certainly your choice but we do have a product called 303 Automotive Protectant we recommend to checkout. This can be used on smooth leather and will provide UV protection. If you have any other questions please contact our Consumer Support Team at