How to Get Creases Out of a Leather Car Seat

February 22, 2012

Getting creases out of leather car seat upholstery is a simple do-it-yourself project. Learn how to smooth out and repair leather car seats.

Leather Car Seat

A leather car seat needs special care and attention. It can develop creases over time. Here's how to get rid of creases in a leather car seat, as well as a few tips to help you take better care of your seats.

Removing Leather Creases
Turn on an iron to the coolest possible setting. Let it run for a bit and make sure that it's not giving out any water or steam. Lay the paper bag flat on the crease in your car seat, covering as much of the crease as possible. Iron over the paper bag to press out the crease. Make sure that you move the iron a lot to prevent it from burning the leather. Repeat the process for each crease on the seat.

Extra Care for Your Leather Car Seat

Consider the following when caring for your leather:

  • Excessive exposure to direct sunlight will damage your leather car seat. Your seats will likely get exposed to a lot of sun every time your car is parked outdoors. The best solution is to place a sun shade on your windshield to keep your leather car seat in the shade no matter where you park
  • Excessive heat will damage car seat leather just as much as sunlight. If you live in cold climate, this might not be much of an issue, and leather generally does better in colder regions. However, even moderate outside temperatures can cause the interior of a car to heat up to 100 degrees or more if parked in the sun with the windows closed. Opening your windows just a crack when you have to park in the sun will help keep the car's interior at less damaging temperatures
  • Never wipe your leather seats down with paper towels or something similar. Anything that's made of paper, no matter how fine it is, will leave scratches in leather. Use cotton towels instead. Better yet, rip up some old t-shirts and use them as leather car seat rags. Some auto supply stores even sell fragments of t-shirts for use as leather-friendly cloths
  • Make it a habit to periodically wipe your leather car seats down with leather conditioner. Leather conditioner can be found in most auto supply stores. Apply generous amounts of conditioner to a cotton cloth and spread it evenly and liberally over your car seats. If it's been done properly, a wet film should be left behind on the leather, which will gradually soak in

3 Tips for Leather Car Seat Repair

Finding a tear in your leather seats can be a real pain, making car seat leather repair an essential skill.

Know Your Leather
There are several different types of leather commonly used for car seats. Find out exactly which one you are dealing with so that you use the most appropriate method of repair. Leather varies according to the manner in which it is coated and a few simple tests will help you determine what type you have. Using your sight and touch is the easiest way to do this.

Prepare before Repair
Be aware that there is a coating on most types of leather. This needs to be removed to enable a repair to be affected properly. Using a solvent from a leather repair kit and an abrasive pad, gently rub the repair area to remove any debris that may be on the surface of the leather as well as the finish put in place during manufacture. If there is a rip with an edge that protrudes outwards, carefully cut these away first to prevent the leather protruding after the repair.

Get the Color Right
Though it seems nonsensical, there are many different shades of black. Some suppliers provide a color match swatch. Check beneath the car seat for a surplus patch of the leather that was used to make the seat. Take this to the supplier so they can properly match it to a color that will suit your car seat.

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