Pros: Cleans even deep-seated dirt in leather's natural crevices
Cons: No cons about it
I love driving cars with leather interiors. I love the feel of it. I love its smell. I love its softly yielding texture. Leather adds class to a car. It ticks off PETA members and Hindus. It wears well, and it's easy to maintain. Lots of great reasons to love leather!
I've owned cars with cloth interiors. I've owned cars with vinyl interiors. I once even had an old van with a park bench bolted to the floor instead of a back seat. Leather is definitely the best. But you do need to take care of your leather interior if you want it to look its best, year after year.
We've all seen 10-year old cars with leather interiors that had cracked or that were discolored or permanently stained. These things happen to leather interiors when they aren't cared for properly. Hot sunshine bakes a leather interior just like sticking G.I. Joe's head in a Kenner Easy-Bake Oven. But you're not home free even if you live in the frozen tundra of one of those northern states, no sirree Bob. Have you ever poked a hole in a package of meat before stashing it in the freezer? Sure you have! What happens to it? Well, it dries out and gets all shriveled and ugly looking and it kind of reminds you of Bob Dole's face --- and I know you don't want to sit on Bob Dole's face. Nobody does. And you don't have to --- not with a little elbow grease every now and then and a liberal application of Mothers Leather Cleaner and Mothers Leather Conditioner.
Take Care of Your Leather...
I find leather to be much easier to take care of than cloth. With cloth interiors, you need to worry about spills soaking in and staining the fabric --- at least you do if you have children, dogs, or slobs riding with you. Let's face it, even the most careful driver occasionally spills a drink on a road trip. Never mind the kid who leaves crayons, Hershey bars, or ketchup laden french fries on the back seat.
Sure, you Armor All the bejeezus out of your car when you first get it, but accidents still happen --- after all, that's how we ended up having children in the first place, isn't it?
With leather interiors, if you notice the spill, you can just wipe up, and chances are, it cleans a lot more easily than cloth ever did.
When you do get stuck-on stuff on your leather seats, you can use a damp rag to get it off. I've used a light nylon kitchen scrubber too, but you don't want to be too rough because you don't want to gouge or scratch your leather. Spray some water on the "stuff" to loosen dried on food (a perennial problem if you have kids). I do this light soak pre-cleaning step before I work over the whole seat with the Mothers.
Using Mothers Leather Cleaner...
Mothers Leather Cleaner is great for loosening dirt that gets into the natural crevices of a leather seat. It's also very effective at getting out most common spills, though an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. Even if you're the cleanest driver on Earth, you still want to use Mothers Cleaner once in a while, to get out any sweat, oil, or whatever kinds of natural excretions might have been excreted onto the seat, head-rest, or whatever.
I'll apply the Mothers, let it sit for a few seconds if the seat is only lightly soiled, or maybe as much as a minute if it's a kid-occupied back seat. Then wipe away with a cloth. I usually work on one area at a time, starting from the top of the seat down. I don't try to tackle too much at once, because I don't really want the cleaner to dry onto the surface, hence, one part of one seat at a time.
With typical use, you don't need to clean the leather too often. I do it maybe once every 2-3 months, though I try to keep an eye on the backseat so I catch any kid accidents before they become stains. Other than that, a periodic interior cleaning with Mothers and my ride is lookin' pretty fine...
Using Mothers Leather Cleaner is only half the game! To really keep your leather looking and feeling its best, you need to also use conditioner. It's a two-step thang! You wouldn't serve hot dogs without buns and mustard, would ya? Of course not!
So, don't just use Mothers Leather Cleaner....finish the job right with Mothers Leather Conditioner. (Now available at fine stores everywhere.)