How to Clean Mildew Off of Leather Car Seats

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How to Clean Mildew Off of Leather Car Seats
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Warm, humid air can create the perfect conditions for mildew growth. A clue that you may have mildew on your seats is a thin, white film and a musty smell. If you fail to remove it, the mildew may discolour the leather.

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Things you need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Water
  • Container
  • Clean, white, lint-free cloths
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Soap with germicide or fungicide
  • Gloves

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  1. 1

    Mix one part of isopropyl alcohol with one part of water in a small container. Dampen a clean, white, lint-free cloth with the solution.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the mildewed areas of the leather seats with the dampened cloth to remove the mildew. Allow the seats to air dry, out of direct sunlight. Open the windows and place the car in a shaded area with good air circulation.

  3. 3

    Add the manufacturer's recommended amount of soap containing fungicide or germicide to clean water to make a cleansing solution. Wearing gloves, agitate the solution to form bubbles.

  4. 4

    Scrub the mildewed areas of the leather seats with the soap-and-water solution and wipe clean with a damp, clean, lint-free cloth.

  5. 5

    Allow the seats to dry thoroughly before closing the windows and/or doors.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent mildew, keep the interior of your car clean, dry and well-ventilated.
  • Avoid folding leather seats down and leaving them in that position for extended periods of time. Moisture may form in between the seats and mildew may develop.
  • Test an inconspicuous area of the leather seats before apply the soapy water solution to prevent damage.

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