A lot of auto maintenance tends to focus on what’s under the hood, or perhaps what the body of the car looks like—and rightly so. These things are obviously important, but there’s something to be said for maintaining the interior of your car, as well.
Interior upkeep is essential for making your car look great; making the time you spend in it more enjoyable; and ensuring that, when it comes time to trade or sell the car, you get maximum bang for your buck.
Leather upholstery presents a special challenge. Through food and drink spills or through simple wear and tear, your leather car seats can come to look stained and grimy over time. The good news is that, with a little elbow grease, you can get those seats looking just like new.
This is a fairly simple cleaning process, but still requires your time and your focus. The question is, how often do you need to do it? Generally speaking, you’ll want to do a deep cleaning like this once a season or so. However, you may also wish to do a lighter cleaning—perhaps just scouring your seats with a cloth and some cleaner—every few weeks.
Conditioning your seats is also an option if you really want to keep them looking their best. If you choose to go down this road, make sure you pick a water-based, pH neutral conditioner—one that is expressly recommended for use on leather.
Taking care of what’s under the hood is important—but for keeping your vehicle in the most pristine possible condition, taking care of what’s inside is nearly as pivotal.