How to Restore Leather & Vinyl Seats

Updated February 21, 2017

Conditioning your vehicle's leather and vinyl seats will help it look like it's just off the showroom floor, even if you've been driving the car for years. When you're using the right conditioner for leather and vinyl seat restoration, it's important to follow the instructions carefully, or you could cause permanently damage. Clean your leather or vinyl seats before applying the conditioner to ensure they receive maximum benefit.

Clean your seats before you apply conditioner by wiping them down with a wet cloth. If you have spots that won't come out, use aerosol hairspray on the stained area. Let it sit for a few seconds, and then wipe it away. When you wipe the hairspray off leather and vinyl seats, the spots should come off, as well. You can look for a product that allows you to clean and condition your seats simultaneously. This is a great way to condition leather and vinyl seats if you're short on time or money.

Wipe down your seats to make sure they're dry before you apply any type of conditioner.

Apply a liberal amount of conditioner to your seats. The fabric will naturally limit how much conditioner it will absorb. Therefore, if you have too much conditioner on your seats, it will remain on the surface until you wipe it away with a damp towel.

Allow the conditioner to sit on your seats overnight. Wipe the excess conditioner off your seats the next day.

Buff your seats to add shine and help them look as healthy as possible.


To keep your leather and vinyl seats looking their best, try to keep them out of intense temperatures and direct sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Aerosol hairspray
  • Leather/vinyl conditioner
  • Damp towel
  • Lint-free cloth
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