How to Clean Car Seats

Whether you drive a new or pre-owned Mercedes-Benz, you want to keep it looking its best — and part of that means keeping the seats looking their best. If you’re curious about how to clean car seats correctly, Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills has you covered. Read on to learn more about the dos and don’ts for cleaning leather and leatherette seats.

How to Clean Leather Car Seats

Items You’ll Need: 

  • Microfiber towels
  • Vacuum
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Leather cleaner


  • 1 part white vinegar/2 parts linseed oil solution

Step-by-Step Guide: 

  1. First and foremost, refer to your owner’s manual for any instructions related to your model, and for any information about the products you shouldn’t use.
  2. Next, vacuum the seats; be careful not to scratch the leather. The smaller attachments or an air compressor will come in handy when you need to get into the crevices.
  3. Spray the leather cleaner or the cleaning solution onto the microfiber towel, and begin wiping the seats clean. This will help to remove any surface dirt and oils.
  4. Spray the cleaner onto the seats. For perforated leather seats, spray onto the soft-bristled brush and then apply to the seats. Carefully scrub the surface.
  5. Wipe the seats with the microfiber towel to dry.

How to Clean Leatherette Car Seats

General Leatherette Seat Cleaning

Items You’ll Need: 

  • Vacuum
  • Damp microfiber cloth

Step-by-Step Guide:

If you want to perform a general cleaning of your leatherette seats, simply use a hand-held vacuum or soft-bristle vacuum attachment to remove any dust and debris. Then, go over the seating surfaces with the damp microfiber cloth to keep the material looking shiny, clean, and free of spills.

Removing a Stain from Leatherette Seats

Items You’ll Need: 

  • Damp microfiber cloth
  • Mild dish soap/warm water solution

Step-by-Step Guide:

To remove a stain, try to clean the area immediately after a spill. Sometimes, the stain will come off with just warm water and no soap is needed. If it’s stubborn, add some mild dish soap to warm water, and use the microfiber cloth to wipe the area. When you’re finished, rinse the area with warm water and then dry with a fresh cloth.

Get More Luxury Car Care Tips from Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills!

Can’t find the time to clean your car seats yourself? No problem! Contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills or schedule an appointment online, and our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will take care of it for you. While you’re here, be sure to check out our other car care tips, such as how to care for your tireshow to jump start a car, and how to remove dents and scratches.

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