How to Clean Your Car Seat in 2 Steps

Posted on 13 April 2022 

After spending 20 hours comparing 40 products when writing our comparisons, here are the 2 steps we recommend you to follow to properly clean your car seat.


Step 1: Extract the dust

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  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A clean microfibre cloth
  • A nourishing spray for plastics (Cockpit Spray)

The first step in every cleaning is removing the dust. For your seat, a good vacuuming with emphasis on the gaps should be efficient. If you have leather seats, be careful not to scratch them.

For the back of the seat, it depends on the material: if it is made of fabric or leather, use the vacuum cleaner again; if it is made of plastic or any other rigid material, a microfibre cloth will suffice. The plastic can then be treated with an adapted product (like ‘Cockpit Spray’). 


Step 2: Clean up

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  • A solution of white vinegar and washing-up liquid
  • A fabric cleaner
  • Soda crystals
  • Ammoniac
  • A leather cleaner
  • A nourishing product for the leather (or an adapted oil)

After removing the dust, it is usually time for the real cleaning. You can use various solutions. 

For fabric seats:

  • A solution made of 1L of water, 500ml of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of washing-up liquid
  • A cleaning product adapted to the cleaning of car seats
  • A solution made of 1L of water for one cup of soda crystals
  • Ammoniac 

The first three suggestions are suitable for a standard cleaning of a seat without any particular stains. The last one is more effective but implies that the smell of ammoniac stagnates a little while in your vehicle. However, this product remains ideal for vomit or dried blood stains, once diluted in water.

Grease or oil stains require a more thorough cleaning with a solution of water and detergent and a wet hoover. In this case, we advise you to address a professional for an optimal result.

For leather seats, the method is quite simple: invest in a leather cleaner product and follow the specific instructions. Afterwards, apply a nourishing product to give it a new life. 


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