Confession time again. I’ve learned a valuable lesson and I’m not going to repeat the mistake. I’m pretty good at taking care of the things I own, especially when it comes to cars. I change the oil on or ahead of schedule, rotate the tires every 7,500 miles, make sure the fluids are always topped off and even hand-wax the exteriors a couple times a year. I also try to keep the interior vacuumed and the dash dusted so when it comes time to sell or trade it in, we can get top-dollar. But there is one thing I always seem to neglect: the seats.
And I really shouldn’t. I mean it is the most-touched item in the car and is always subjected to extreme temperature changes (especially with seat warmers) as well as drops and spills of all kinds. I always prefer leather seats over cloth just for the fact they clean up easier, but I tend to forget that this material will age over time and needs to be taken care of accordingly.
My recent experience with a leather conditioner from Chamberlain’s Leather Milk made me realize that I had been neglecting some other important leather items in my possession. More specifically, the leather seats in my wife’s car. You guys know that a happy wife makes a happy household. Last thing I want are complaints about the seats in her car. That’ll probably only end one way, a new car with new seats. Price-compare that! Sadly, our seats already show their wear a bit on the bolsters. If they had been conditioned correctly and often, this probably could have been prevented (or at least lessened).
Chamberlain’s has a conditioner perfectly formulated for car seats (leather or vinyl). It applies as easy as my previous bottle did thanks to the included pad applicator. After one coat you can see a HUGE difference! (I did half of the seat to demonstrate.)
This particular car is a 1999 model year and I haven’t done anything with the seats in at least five years. Being a convertible, I really shouldn’t have waited that long as the leather is subjected to the sun’s rays as well as the outside environment. After doing just one half of a seat, the dirt was already coming off.
As I previously mentioned, this formula is suited for both leather and vinyl, which is common on many car dashes and door panels. Our Boxster has leather all throughout so it deserves some Leather Milk treatment as well!
Once applied, let it rest for a bit and then buff it with a dry cloth to remove any leftover product before you sit in the seat. Also like their standard leather conditioner, following the instructions to the letter may lead to hilarious results.
You can buy leather conditioners and car detailing products at your local discount store, but who do you think knows how to treat leather better? A company that mass-markets a thousand different SKU’s for every part of your car? Or someone that is an expert in the leather field, regardless of the application. Remember, this is the same company that is affiliated with one of the premier leather-goods makers in the U.S. – Saddleback Leather.
Whether it’s your jacket, car, purse, briefcase, wallet or even your saddle, you should trust the people that know leather. The rest of their line includes a Straight Cleaner, a Water Protectant and a formula just for your leather furniture. You don’t have to believe me, you can try for yourself! Chamberlain’s Leather Milk has offered the readers of SahmReviews the chance to win a bottle of EACH of their entire product line with a retail value of almost $100! Just enter below!