How to clean leather seats in a Volkswagen?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, How-To, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Leather seats in a 2020 VW Tiguan

Properly Caring for Leather Upholstery

Having leather seats is great, especially so if you’re just experiencing them for the first time. Spilling something on your leather seats feels as terrible as getting them was brilliant. Will it stain? How do I clean them properly? Do I need a special soap?

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Here’s how to clean leather seats in a Volkswagen.

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2019 Jetta GLI leather seats

Steps to Properly Cleaning Leather Seats

One of the nice things about leather seats is that they’re pretty low maintenance. This guide works for perforated leather seats as well; just remember to use a lot less liquid at a time, be that conditioner or water. Also, never spray anything directly on perforated seats. Put it on your cleaning cloth and brush.

What You’ll Need:

  • Hand Vacuum or Soft Brush Head for Everyday Vacuum
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Soft-Bristled Scrub Brush
  • Leather Cleaner
  • Leather Conditioner
  • Patience


With a hand vac or a soft brush head on a traditional vacuum, make sure to get any loose debris, particularly at the seams. Take care not to scratch the surface of the leather.

Surface Dirt Removal

With a mixture of water and leather cleaner, remove surface grime. It’s always best to spot check any solutions, conditioners, etc., on a small hard to see spot. When cleaning, work in sections. Let dry completely, wiping up any standing moisture before moving on.


Apply product-directed amounts of undiluted cleaner directly to seats and then gently scrub the entire seat with a soft brush. Again, it pays to do a spot check first. Once completed, wipe off excess cleaner with a clean microfiber cloth.


Conditioner puts the natural oils back in the leather, strengthening them and keeping them supple. Use only very small amounts of a high-quality conditioner. A little conditioner goes a very long way. Make sure to spot check before conditioning proper.

Drying and Buffing

Once you’ve finished conditioning, let your car dry in a shaded area for at least 12 hours. Sunshine is harmful to leather seats, and after conditioning, your seats will be particularly susceptible. After they’ve dried, they’ll look a bit dull. This is normal. Take a clean and dry microfiber cloth and go over the seats in a circular motion. Enjoy the results!

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