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6 Best Car Leather Cleaners

The best car leather cleaners not only vanquish dirt but treat your leather to some TLC, leaving it buttery soft and supple.

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Essential Leather Care

Leather needs cleansing and conditioning, not unlike skin or hair. Some leather-care products do both, but be sure to use a cleaner first if you’re planning to use a conditioner. The products on this list will maintain, protect and even restore the toughest leather.

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Best Cleaner

TriNova Leather Cleaner can be sprayed directly on seats or onto the included microfiber cloth to take out old stains and lift layers of dirt and oil. Several reviewers with lighter-colored leather noted their seats’ improved appearance. One Amazon consumer said: “It’s amazing to see how grimy my tan leather car seats actually were.”

Another helpful tip: Check out the TriNova’s cleaning brush to agitate while cleaning.

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Best Conditioner

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner is great for breathing new life into older, tougher leathers with its honey-like consistency (hence the name). One application can last for six months or more, so an eight-ounce bottle goes a long way. Leather Honey also makes a highly-rated cleaner to remove dirt and grime before conditioning. But it’s the conditioner, with nearly 10,000 Amazon reviews, that takes top prize.

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Best Kit

Trusted by professionals, Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner Complete Leather Care Kit is the top-selling car leather cleaner on Amazon with more than 3,000 five-star reviews. Before-and-after photos by reviewers show stains like blue dye coming completely off white leather, and the conditioner leaves behind a hint of leather scent.

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Best Value

Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner and Conditioner is an effective cleaner, conditioner and protectant, all in an easy-to-use spray bottle. The formula includes aloe to soften the leather and UV protection to prevent fading and drying. Besides praising its ease of use, reviewers also noted how long it lasted. One Amazon consumer wrote the “very slight buttery smooth feeling lasts easily a month on the driver’s seat alone.”

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Best Value Runner-Up

Another strong pick for a cleaner-conditioner combo spray is Mothers All-in-One Leather Care. For less than $10, the pH-balanced formula will dissolve dirt, condition the leather and leave a protective barrier. One Amazon consumer wrote: “[It] goes on very smooth with a microfiber applicator and does not leave a greasy residue. The black leather seats in my 2016 [Ford] Explorer absorbed it like a sponge. They look clean and conditioned but not shiny.”

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Best Wipes

Weiman Leather Wipes contain cleaner, conditioner and UVX-15 sunscreen so you can handle messes in the moment without drying out the leather. These car wipes work on all finished leathers, so you can keep one pack in your car and another in your house for your shoes and sofas.

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Veronica Graham
Veronica Graham is a freelance writer in Arlington, Mass. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and SheKnows. She's covered health, politics, high school football and everything in between. Graham enjoys learning about the world through a variety of lenses as a reporter.