How to Choose the Right Leather Cleaning Products for Your Car

Leather comes in many shapes, forms and conditions. Some of us may have severely neglected leather that hasn't received the proper attention it desires in years! Others might have just bought a brand new vehicle and have spotless leather. Then there are those who may be in between. There are many different conditions that leather can be in and a variety of leather products that we offer for that reason. What may work great for the person that has spotless leather may not work great for the person that has severely neglected leather needs, all leather is different.

The key to achieving clean, conditioned, protected and maintained leather starts with the current condition of your leather. As stated earlier, what may work for one person may not work for another person. Chemical Guys offers a wide variety of leather products to cater to specific leather conditions and types. Regardless of how your leather looks or feels, the process always stays the same: clean, condition, protect and maintain. Some people may not need to go through as many steps to achieve the results they want. In this article we will break down the leather care products that we offer so that you can figure out which products will be the best fit for you.

Step 1: Leather Cleaner

Leather Cleaner being Used on Inside of a Car Door

Leather Cleaner is a gentle cleaner that removes dirt, grease, body oils, sweat, food residue, and light stains from fine natural leather, durable sealed leather, and synthetic leather materials. This cleaner strictly cleans and will remove not only body oils but any remaining leather conditioner or protectant. This cleaner is designed to completely rid the surface and the pores of the leather from all existing oils so that you receive the best possible clean and exfoliation so that you can prep it for a coating of conditioner and/or protectant. This product is ideal for leather that is dirty, or if you just want to exfoliate the leather to prep it for a coating of conditioner or protectant.

  • Dirty Leather:

    • Use Leather Cleaner with a Premium Select Horse Hair Cleaning Brush to deeply penetrate the pores of the leather to remove embedded grime and body oils. Wipe off excess grime and cleaner with a Workhorse Microfiber Towel.
  • Moderately/Lightly Dirty Leather:

    • Use Leather Cleaner with a Workhorse Microfiber Towel to simply wipe down the leather with the cleaner to get rid of light/moderate grime and body oils.

Step 2: Leather Conditioner

Adding Leather Conditioner to a Workhorse Microfiber Applicator

Leather Conditioner nourishes natural tanned leather hides and synthetic materials, preventing them from drying out, cracking, and fading from the wear and tear of regular use. Leather Conditioner replenishes essential nutrients like Vitamin E that are regularly depleted by harsh elements like the sun. The Leather Conditioner is designed to deeply penetrate and condition dry, untreated leather by providing the essential oils and vitamins needed to restore smoothness and feel to the leather. This product is ideal for leather that is dry, faded or hard to restore to its original appearance and feel.

  • Unconditioned/Dry Leather:

    • Apply a coat of Leather Conditioner with a Workhorse Microfiber Applicator to restore smoothness, sleekness and shine to the leather.

Step 3: Leather Serum Protectant

Leather Protectant Serum Squirt onto Applicator

Leather Serum coats, conditions, and protects leather to help keep it looking, feeling, and smelling brand new. The durable coating penetrates deep into the pores of natural and synthetic leather surfaces, sealing and protecting the hide against staining from normal exposure to body oils, sweat, and liquids. This product is ideal for leather that is cleaned and conditioned such as a new car or maintained leather.

  • Cleaned/Conditioned Leather: Apply a coat of Leather Serum Protectant with a Workhorse Microfiber Applicator to the leather. This will give your leather maximum protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

One-Step: Sprayable Leather Cleaner & Conditioner In One

Sprayable Leather Cleaner on Leather Seat

Sprayable Leather is perfect for one-step leather detailing when you’re strapped for time. The refined sprayable cream formula is rich with Vitamin E and aloe to restore a soft and supple feel while cleaning it from light body oils and grime.

Dirty/Unconditioned Leather

  • Spray Sprayable Leather Cleaner & Conditioner onto a Workhorse Microfiber Towel or Applicator and gently apply it to the surface to condition and remove light body oils and grime.

Maintenance: Leather Quick Detailer

Leather Quick Detailer maintains natural leather hides, durable sealed leather, and synthetic vinyl in mere seconds. The sprayable detailer lifts dirt, dust, fingerprints, and body oils from the leather surface without harming the color or feel while leaving a dry-to-the-touch matte finish. It makes it the perfect product to keep with you for maintaining leather on the road. This product is ideal to use as a maintenance for leather that has already been properly cleaned, conditioned and protected to maintain the cleanliness, conditioning and protection of the leather.

  • Clean/Conditioned Leather:

    • Spray Leather Quick Detailer onto a Workhorse Microfiber Towel and lightly wipe down the surface of the leather to remove light oils and grime while lightly conditioning and adding a light coat of protection to the leather.

There are many different leather products that we offer for the variety of different types of leather you may have and the condition it may be in. For example; You can see that the person with dirty/neglected leather had to use a few more products than the person with maintained/clean leather because they had to do a lot more to get their leather to standard. Ideally once you get your leather into the best shape possible, everything else after is just maintaining it by keeping it cleaned, conditioned and protected at all times. This is to avoid ever having to let your leather get in really bad shape and having to do a lot more work in the long run to get it back to the condition you had it in before you let go.

Once you've got your leather in a clean, conditioned and protected condition, you do not have to follow the whole procedure every time you want to maintain your leather. We have products such as Sprayable Leather Cleaner & Conditioner In One and Leather Quick Detailer which are hybrid products that work great for maintenance.

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