How Do You Clean Spilled Perforated Leather Seats? (Explained!)


Leather seats are a luxurious addition to any car. Not only do they look great, but they also provide comfort and support on long drives. However, if a spill occurs on perforated leather seats, it can be difficult to clean them properly.

In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to clean spilled perforated leather seats. Let’s get started!

What Are Perforated Leather Seats

Perforated leather seats are a type of upholstery that features small holes throughout the material. This gives the seat a more breathable and comfortable feel, especially in hot weather. The perforations also add a touch of luxury and style to the interior of your car.

The side panels of the car seat are normal solid leather. The perforations are usually on the middle of the seat where you sit and rest your back. There are different types of perforated leather seats. The difference is only in the perforations, meaning the pattern of the holes.

If you’re considering perforated leather seats for your vehicle, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, this type of upholstery is typically more expensive than non-perforated leather or fabric seats. Additionally, perforated leather can be more difficult to clean and maintain than other materials.

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The biggest problem with cleaning perforated leather seats is the fact that a lot of dirt, debris, and liquid gets trapped in the perforations. There is a way to clean perforated leather seats, but it is tougher than cleaning regular leather seats. So, if you are ready for the challenge, go ahead and get a car with perforated leather seats.

How Do You Clean Spilled Perforated Leather Seats

How Do You Clean Spilled Perforated Leather Seats

Perforated leather seats are a type of seat upholstery that features small holes or perforations throughout the material. This type of seat is often found in higher-end vehicles and can add both a touch of luxury and style to a car’s interior. In addition to looking great, perforated leather seats can also help keep occupants cool and comfortable by allowing air to circulate through the material.

They might look fancy and all, but, cleaning the perforated leather seats after spilling coffee or whatnot can be pretty hard. This is why I have come up with the perfect step-by-step guide on how to clean spilled perforated leather seats and get them back into a brand-new condition.

1. Required tools for the job

  1. Gum stimulator (see the price on amazon.com)
  2. Leather cleaner (see the price on amazon.com)
  3. Microfiber towel

2. Verify the depth of the perforations

How Do You Clean Spilled Perforated Leather Seats

When it comes to cleaning perforated leather seats, people tend to go into freakout mode. This is because they think if they spray some cleaner onto the perforations it is going to sink down into the holes and it’s going to damage the components. This is where I ask people to use common sense.

Not all perforations on the leather seats are created equal. This is why before we start cleaning, we need to verify if the holes are going all the day through. Many cars have heating elements and even the high-end luxury vehicles have ventilation as cold air will come through the perforations rather than heating elements that will simply heat the seat up in the wintertime.

The depth of the perforations will determine whether or not you can go heavy on using a leather cleaner. You are going to be using a leather cleaner in both cases. However, if the perforations are not all the way through, you can spray the leather cleaner directly onto the sits. But, if the perforations are all the way through, you are going to be spraying the leather cleaner onto a microfiber towel.

3. Vacuum the perforated leather seats

Car seats are always dirty. I am not only talking about spilled drinks. There is a great chance that there are some debris and dirt on the seats as well. This is why it is important to try and remove as much large debris as possible with a vacuum.

Vacuuming perforated leather seats can be a bit tricky. Here are a few tips to help you get the job done:

  • Start by vacuuming the top of the seat. This will remove any loose dirt and debris.
  • Next, vacuum the sides of the seat. Be sure to go over each hole in the leather to remove any dirt that may be hiding there.
  • Finally, vacuum the bottom of the seat. This will help to remove any dirt and dust that has gathered on the surface of the leather.

4. Spray the seats with a leather cleaner

Like I said before, the depth of the perforations will determine whether or not you can spray the leather cleaner directly onto the seats or in a microfiber towel. Go ahead and spray the seats with a leather cleaner and wipe them with a clean microfiber towel. Do not worry if you can’t get the spilled liquid out of the perforations. The leather cleaner is also going to clog the perforations even further. You just make sure that the seats are all wiped nicely and that the leather cleaner has been used.

Before moving to the next step, you have to let the seats dry. This is because when you apply the leather cleaner, the seats are going to darken. The dirt, debris, and spillage that you are trying to clean might just blend with the seats. So, let the seats dry for about twenty minutes or when they get back to their natural color, and then move on to the next step.

5. Use the gum stimulator to clean the perforations

How Do You Clean Spilled Perforated Leather Seats

The gum stimulator has a rubber tip that is great for cleaning the perforations without damaging them. I stay away from metal needles and other stuff that can actually tear the holes. Once you are done cleaning the seats with the leather cleaner, it is time to get in there with the gum stimulator.

I will have to say, it is pretty boring and tiring because you will have to clean each perforation. Each seat has more than 200 perforations. But, it is important to get out the spilled liquid from the perforations or it can damage the leather over time and cause it to smell bad.

6. Repeat the process until satisfied with the results

Depending on how much liquid you spilled on your perforated leather seats, you might need to repeat the cleaning process a couple of times. I would suggest that you clean the perforated leather seats every few months just so they don’t get extra dirty. Depending on what exactly you spilled, you might need to spray some vinegar just to neutralize the odor.

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