Since many people spend a lot of time in their cars, it is understandable that they jazz it up by installing some comfortable and fashionable leather car seats. This may look and feel good. However, once in awhile various accidents happen where food, drinks, ink, oil, and other staining substances find its way onto your leather car seats. In these events, you will need to know what to do to effectively remove the stains from your beautiful and elegant leather car seats.
Water stains. When it is raining and you rush inside your car, it is perfectly normal to get some water onto you leather upholstery. Sometimes you neglect wiping the upholstery dry leaving the water to dry and evaporate. However, if your leather seat constantly gets wet and is consistently moist, it will slowly accumulate and develop water stains. When this happens, you must first wipe away any moisture or water on the leather. If there is already a stain, dampen your rag with water and wipe it away. The next thing to do is open the windows and even the door to let air and sunlight in to dry your seat. Let your leather seats get more air and sunlight regularly to avoid moisture buildup.
Mold stains. Like water stains, mold stains can occur if your leather seats are always moist. When the stain appears, don’t worry. Dilute some isopropyl alcohol in water and dampen a rag with this solution. Wipe the stain off easily and let your leather dry naturally by opening the windows and doors of your car.
Food and drink stains. These stains are probably the most common in leather seats since people really love to eat and drink in their cars. For fresh stains, make sure to immediately wipe it off when the spill occurs. For stains that have already set in, make a mixture of liquid detergent and water and dampen a rag with it. Wipe and rub the stain out with the damp rag. Once the stain and the oil disappear, rinse the area by wiping it with a rag dampened with lukewarm water. If the grease persists, sprinkle a thick layer of talcum powder on the grease stain and let it harden. Wipe it off with a clean rag once it hardens and the grease should come right off along with the powder.
Ink or marker stains. Acetone and alcohol should be the most effective cleaning agent in removing fresh ink or marker stains. Apply the solution onto a clean and white rag. Scrub the damp rag gently onto the stain until it lightens or disappears. It should only take a couple of minutes. If the ink sets and has already dried, then your best bet would be to bring the leather to an expert for cleaning.
These are some of the basic treatments to remove stains from leather surfaces. To prevent stain and protect your leather seats from blemishes, always make sure to apply leather conditioner regularly. If you do this religiously, your leather will be less vulnerable to staining.