Perforated Leather: How to Clean Leather Seats with Holes

December 22, 2021

Wondering how to clean all the holes in perforated leather seats? The experts at Creative Colors International offer five steps for removing the grime without losing your mind.

Perforated leather is made by passing large pieces of leather through a machine that punches small holes in the leather at regular intervals. Automakers started adding perforated leather to car seats to allow better breathability and reduce sweating. The little holes improve air circulation to increase comfort. In newer model cars, perforated leather seats also support seat heating or cooling systems. Typically, perforated leather is only used on the seating surface, and matching synthetic leather is used on the car seat’s back and sides. Many steering wheels are covered in perforated leather as well.

In addition to keeping sweat at bay, perforated leather adds a sporty look highly prized by car aficionados and bolsters the resale value of your vehicle. As an added bonus, perforated leather is thicker than normal car leather, and it provides more cushioning, making your ride more enjoyable.

Take Care of Your Leather Car Seats

Leather is a prized material for car seats for its comfort and durability, but it is important to properly maintain it to ensure it stands up to everyday wear and tear. Luckily, the process for cleaning your leather car seats is fairly simple. Start by vacuuming the seats gently, then apply a leather cleaner with a damp cloth. Wipe the cleaner off with a second damp cloth, and dry the seats completely with a towel. To prevent damage, it’s important not to saturate the seats with water. Follow that up by applying a leather conditioner to keep your leather seats from drying or cracking.

Perforated seats add another layer of complexity to the cleaning process. Dirt and grime can get stuck in the small holes and be a bear to remove. Here are the five steps CCI’s skilled technicians use to make leather car seats with holes shine.

  1. Use a handheld vacuum to gently vacuum your leather car seats to remove any debris.
  2. Apply a scant amount of  leather seat cleaner to a soft bristle brush and gently rub the cleaner on the seat. The brush should help remove any debris stuck in the holes of your seat.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth to remove all of the cleaner from the seat.
  4. If the seat is not fully dry, you can vacuum it again to suck up any excess water or turn on the seat warmer to dry the seat and ensure there is no water remaining in the perforations.
  5. If you still see debris in the holes, use a small dental brush to carefully remove it without damaging the car seat.

Call CCI to Get the Job Done Right

Getting all of the dirt out of perforated leather seats takes patience. If you don’t have time to clean the dirt out of each small hole, the experts at CCI can get the job done right. Service technicians at CCI have all the tools to clean perforated leather car seats in their mobile vans.

CCI is a leader in mobile leather and vinyl repair and is focused on providing superior customer service. Our service technicians can make virtually any leather seat repair in your vehicle’s interior, including fading, seam slippage, stain removal, scratches, cuts, burns, and tears.

CCI makes it a priority to use state-of-the-art cleaners that are gentle on your seats to prevent future damage. All our environmentally friendly products are water-based, clean, non-toxic, non-hazardous, and biodegradable. In addition to cleaning your leather car seats, we condition them with our proprietary CCI conditioner that’s specially formulated to perfectly maintain and preserve your vehicle interior for years to come.

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