How should I get stains off my car seats?

My mom spilled her protein shake all over the back seat of my car yesterday. I have these incredible leather seats that I’m really worried about ruining. What’s the best way to get stains off leather seats?

Leather can be very sensitive and should be cleaned and conditioned often. The following tips will help you get stains off the seats, but note that you should follow up with proper washing and conditioning of the leather.
Here are a few methods to try cleaning your seats:
  • On light-colored seats, you can use a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar to create a paste that can be applied to the stain. Spread a thin layer over the stain and allow it to sit for 25–40 minutes, then wipe it away with a damp cloth. Warning: This may bleach dark-colored seats.
  • Create a vinegar-based solution by combining a cup of vinegar and a little bit of dish soap in a bucket of hot water. Apply a liberal amount to the stain, but do not soak the seats or you risk water damage, mildew, or mold. Scrub the stain with a gentle brush, and rinse with clean water.
  • Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol are both better for more concentrated stains but could offer some help in this situation. First test the chemicals in an inconspicuous area to ensure they won’t ruin your leather. If all looks well, dab the stained area, then allow some time for it to fade. Be sure to clean the area with soap and warm water afterward.
Alternatively, you could opt to take your car in for a professional detail. That way, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing the appropriate chemicals and methods will be used and your leather will stay in pristine shape.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Nov 10, 2021

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