How to Clean Your Car Seat in 2 Steps

Updated on 8 May 2023

After hours of research, analysis and testing, 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 any cleaning is to remove the dust. For your seat, a good vacuum cleaner, concentrating on the crevices, should be effective. 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 fabric or leather, use the vacuum cleaner again; if it is plastic or any other hard material, a microfibre cloth will suffice. The plastic can then be treated with a suitable product (e.g. 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 standard cleaning of a seat without any particular stains. The last one is more effective but implies that the smell of ammoniac stagnates for 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 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 cleaning product and follow specific instructions. Then apply a conditioner to give it a new lease of life.


Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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