How To Clean & Condition Leather - Chemical Guys Leather Care

  • Published on Mar 25, 2015
    Taking care of automotive leather is like caring for skin, and without proper maintenance, leather will fade, crack, stain, and look terrible. Use Chemical Guys Leather Care products to keep leather looking and feeling like new for years and years.
    Leather is skin, and like your own skin, it is sensitive to caustic chemicals and inappropriate cleaners. Watch was Greg and Matt outline the best leather care regimen for cleaning, restoring, and protecting leather goods. Use these methods and products to protect automotive leather, as well as any fine leather goods found throughout the home, office, and beyond.
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Comments • 179

  • Alejandro Chiquete
    Alejandro Chiquete Month ago

    Chemical guys is the conditioner conditioning the leather even though there is a protective layer like a clear coat on the leather from the manufacturer?

  • Gauden Ellis Cabreros
    Gauden Ellis Cabreros Month ago +1

    Is it ok not to dilute the leather cleaner??

    • Gauden Ellis Cabreros
      Gauden Ellis Cabreros Month ago

      Chemical Guys As for the InnerClean product, that doesn’t need any dilution whatsoever correct? It is safe for any surface.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Month ago +1

      Hi there! For really bad stains and messes it is fine to use Leather Cleaner at full strength but for light jobs dilute 6:1.

  • Paul Goodier
    Paul Goodier Month ago +1

    interesting video guys.....I am not sure but did you forget to clean the headrest before condioning and did you forget to condiotion the wheel before applying the serum? next time use dirty/cracked leather for a treat!

    • Paul Goodier
      Paul Goodier Month ago

      @Chemical Guys typos all over the place ....sorry....I tried without my glasses

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Month ago

      Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Jovany De La Flamé

    Once a year? Na

  • Jason Beas
    Jason Beas 2 months ago +2

    How often should you clean/condition/and protect your leather? Is there anything that can be used in between applications (maintence washes)?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 months ago

      You can clean and condition your leather whenever you deem necessary. You can maintain it in between with Leather Quick Detailer!

  • zippy0099
    zippy0099 2 months ago +3

    Are your products in orielys/autozone/advanced autoparts?

    • izfitz_
      izfitz_ 23 days ago

      You can also goto Walmart to get them as well!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 months ago +2

      Hey there! You can check out our products in select Advance Auto Parts stores.

  • Joel Oquendo
    Joel Oquendo 3 months ago +1

    I have a 9 year old car and this stuff keeps the leather seats awesome. People compliment my seats all the time. Now I can't say the same about my drivers seat. Nothing can fix how often I use the drivers seat. I got to my drivers side too late. But this stuff works awesome!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  3 months ago

      Thanks so much for the kind feedback!
      Thanks for watching!

  • Brad Cogan
    Brad Cogan 3 months ago +1

    This is a great video and great products but I would've preferred to see this method on an older, dirtier, more worn interior.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  3 months ago +1

      Hey Brad, thanks so much for the feedback!

  • Noble6
    Noble6 3 months ago

    Dam that guy with the facial hair really annoys me the way he talks makes him sound like a fag.

  • Eric Luna
    Eric Luna 3 months ago +9

    This is great but I wished they used a NOT new leather seat so we can actually see the products working on leather that we see regularly.

  • Billy Metokur
    Billy Metokur 4 months ago +1

    I heard good reviews on this. I just bought it yesterday. Gonna use it tonight

  • kilmorecombine0
    kilmorecombine0 5 months ago +7

    Supple. How many times is that word going to be said in this video?
    Want to know what else is soft and supple?


  • Tech4All
    Tech4All 5 months ago +1

    This stuff is amazing! Bought a new Mercedes and did this procedure you showed! It’s incredible!!!!!

  • Dario DeNiro
    Dario DeNiro 5 months ago +31

    Will this work on my wrinkled ball sack?

    • Paul Goodier
      Paul Goodier Month ago

      its not leather is it?

    • akaredcrossbow
      akaredcrossbow Month ago



  • The Breach Detailing
    The Breach Detailing 6 months ago +1

    The cleaner works great, the conditionner makes the leather slippery. Dont like it

    • Walker Morales
      Walker Morales 2 months ago

      The Breach Detailing you might be conditioning it too often or using too much, when I first used it the leather seamed to just suck all the stuff up pretty quickly, or you might have to buff it out more
      Edit: I would also assume that the leather cleaner would probably work fairly well to wash out excess product

  • SirDuckDuck
    SirDuckDuck 6 months ago

    Can the leather conditioner be applied to the steering wheel as well?

  • Undray Jones
    Undray Jones 7 months ago

    Hello Chemical Guys.... I just received your leather conditioner and leather cleaning for my 2019 Dodge Ram and I have a question, can I use the leather cleaner to clean the vinyl Parts on the doors in the interior? Or will it damage it....please respond

    • Alec W
      Alec W 6 months ago

      Undray Jones vinegar and water is all I use for door trim and plastics, the dash and even the glass in the interior and it works great.

    • Travis Smith
      Travis Smith 7 months ago

      In the video, they stated that you can safely use it on vinyl.

  • Faisal al.bassam
    Faisal al.bassam 7 months ago

    Its useless showing your product and applying them to clean cars, i want to see results

  • Metalmachine467
    Metalmachine467 8 months ago

    I just cleaned conditioned and used the leather serum on my caddy seats it worked perfectly
    I did everything that was leather
    Left a nice scent than sprayed the leather air freshener topped it off
    Good products

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  8 months ago

      Hi! Thanks for your awesome feedback, we are glad to have you apart of the Chemical Guys family!

  • osvaldo lepe
    osvaldo lepe 8 months ago

    Would this work on a 2019 Camry with red leather ?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  8 months ago

      Hi Osvaldo! Yes that is correct. Our Leather care works on all types of colored leather. Thanks for watching and thanks for being part of the Chemical Guys family!

  • myfukinarmhurts
    myfukinarmhurts 8 months ago

    hi, i bought a used car, the leather on the steering wheel is very shiny and not like brand new. what products can i use to restore it to was like brand new? without the shine

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  8 months ago

      Hi! We recommend cleaning your leather with Leather Cleaner to remove body oils and existing dressings. After it is completely clean, apply Leather Conditioner to nourish the leather and make it have a soft feel to it. Thanks for watching and thanks for being part of the Chemical Guys family! Check the link below.

  • Darren Talbot
    Darren Talbot 8 months ago

    @chemical guys I’ve just used this on 2011 Range Rover and noticed it’s left a little sheen even after buffing with microfibre. Will this go away?
    Also will this actually penetrate the leather or not because of the top coat?

  • Mac Arows
    Mac Arows 10 months ago

    Does these products leave any kind of perfume/smell? I hate any kind of perfume. I want real leather smell if possible :)

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  10 months ago

      Hi! The Leather Cleaner is odorless but the Leather Conditioner contains a nice leather scent to it. Thanks for watching and thanks for being part of the Chemical Guys family!

  • C G
    C G 11 months ago

    I got jiggy with this shit!! Chemical Guys i am now a loyal Client. My XSE RED leather seats came out LIT 🏁🏁

  • Tom M
    Tom M 11 months ago +1

    Great tips, and it all made a lot of sense, but I’m left with one question. What should I use to wipe down the leather in between annual detailing? The leather cleaner you used in step 1? Warm soap and water? Plain water? I don’t want to inadvertently nullify the benefits of the conditioner and serum in between detailing.

    • Tom M
      Tom M 11 months ago

      Chemical Guys I should add I just took delivery of a BMW X5, and I had the dealer apply a ceramic coating to the exterior and interior. Is it ok to use the Leather Quick Detailer over the ceramic coating. I assume that’s ok, but I just want confirm that’s the case. Many thanks!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  11 months ago +1

      Hi Tom, that's a great question. In between your deep cleanings with Leather Cleaner, you can use Leather Quick Detailer. Leather Quick Detailers cleans and nourishes in one step. It's the perfect thing to keep in your car for quick clean ups on the go! Check it out below and make sure to stay tuned for a new video dropping later today!

  • NCRamcharger76
    NCRamcharger76 Year ago +1

    What about a 14 year old car? Will it help them if they have never been cared for? Also I heard some people use linseed oil. What is your opinion on that?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +1

      Hi Ethan! Good question. We recommend doing the full leather treatment using Leather Cleaner, Leather Conditioner and Leather Protectant Serum. Leather Cleaner penetrates pores of leather to lift and suspend dirt and oils, also its a pH- balanced formula that won't stain leather or change the texture. Leather Conditioner is blended with Vitamin E and Aloe to moisturize and nourish your leather. It will also condition and restore your leather surfaces to a certain extent. Leather Protectant Serum protects leather against UV sunlight, fading, cracking and staining up to 16 months. These three steps will help you restore your leather to its best. Thanks for watching and thanks for being part of the Chemical Guys family! Happy detailing!

  • Med 71
    Med 71 Year ago +1

    Hey guys I just used the leather cleaner followed up with the conditioner ,,, best stuff I’ve used yet. You guys say they are orderless , the cleaner is but the conditioner smells like band new leather. GREAT STUFF , I love it !!!!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hi there! Thanks so much for the amazing feedback and thanks for being a part of the Chemical Guys family! 👊

  • Rafael Jimenez
    Rafael Jimenez Year ago +4

    I bought all 3 products. I must say WOW!! it is awesome . Thank you.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hi Rafael, thanks so much for the amazing feedback and thanks for being a part of the Chemical Guys family! Really glad to have you here!

  • Shaukat Shaikh
    Shaukat Shaikh Year ago +1

    You both are very professional. Watching you together is great. Keep it up

  • Bob johnson
    Bob johnson Year ago +1

    are these products good for leather recliners and sofas?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hi Bob, yes! Use Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioner on fine natural leather, durable sealed leather, versatile synthetic leather upholstery, leather clothing and apparel, leather accessories, bags and saddles, shoes and boots, jackets and pants, couches and chairs… as always, test any new product in a small, inconspicuous area before committing to the whole piece! Thanks for watching, Bob, and thanks for being a part of the Chemical Guys family!

  • Sal Garcia
    Sal Garcia Year ago

    You started the video inside the car

  • Don Stevens
    Don Stevens Year ago

    OK but can you do an older car?

    • Don Stevens
      Don Stevens Year ago +1

      Chemical Guys Thanks for your prompt reply, it means a lot!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +1

      Hi Don, how's it going? Yes, Chemical Guys Leather products work great on all types of fine natural leather, durable sealed leather, and synthetic leather materials. If ever unsure, test a small, inconspicuous spot before committing no the whole section. Thanks for watching, Don, and stay tuned for a new video dropping tomorrow!

  • L
    L Year ago +3

    How many times in a year should i do this? Twice?

    • ShemShemNY
      ShemShemNY 10 months ago

      At 16:05 of the video, he states "every couple of months."

  • Jose Aguirre
    Jose Aguirre Year ago +1

    hi great video, would this work better then mothers all purpose cleaner on leather seats before applying conditioner? thanks

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +2

      Hi Jose, how's it going? Leather Cleaner is the only pH-balanced cleaner that is going to gently clean your leather without staining it or changing the texture. It leaves no crusty residues and will not deteriorate stitching. While some cheaper all purpose cleaners may claim to be safe to use on leather, we prefer not to take the chance. Use leather products on leather, and the APC on everything else. It's simply not worth the risk and if you're going to buy the Leather Conditioner for $16.99 anyway, there's no reason to not spend the extra $3 and get the kit that contains the Leather Cleaner too for the peace of mind. Thanks for watching Jose and stay tuned for a new video launching later today!

  • consuelamister lemon pledge

    What about the sprayable leather spray?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hi Consuela, Chemical Guys Leather Quick Detailer is a great way to clean and nourish your leather surfaces in just one easy step! It's a great product to have around for that regular maintenance. Use the two step process shown in the video when you really want to get down and dirty with your leather and/or when your leather needs a deep conditioning. Use the Quick Detailer in between! Thanks for watching, Consuela, and make sure to check back tomorrow for a new video release!

  • Chris Woods
    Chris Woods Year ago +2

    I used this product on my black leather seats with the microfiber pad but I didn't wipe the excess conditioner because it wasn't shiny enough for me. About 2 days later after a heatwave I started noticing some white streaks going across the leather and when I wipe them with water they somewhat fade away but when it dries it comes back. Freaking out now.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hey Chris, please always use any detailing product as instructed. Leather Conditioner has a matte finish, so if you are looking for a shiny finish, use the correct product. We recommend re-cleaning your seats with Leather Cleaner to remove that excess Conditioner. Thanks for being a part of the CG family, Chris, and if you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our customer service department at 310-674-8135. Thanks!

  • Jesus LovesU
    Jesus LovesU Year ago +3

    Thanks for the video. I just spent a lot of mulah on your products. When I applied the conditioner I think I overapplied and it was very hot when I did this. I did not clean post condition to pick up excess. My concern is it looks spotty now

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +2

      Hi! You definitely don't want to forget the last step of buffing off the excess. Try buffing off the excess conditioner now with a clean microfiber towel. If that doesn't do anything, simply reclean the seat with Leather Cleaner, and then recondition it. To avoid applying too much conditioner, apply the conditioner to the applicator pad, rather than directly to the seat as done in the video. In general, we always recommend detailing your car indoors or in the shade, when surfaces are cool to the touch. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for a new video headed your way later today!

  • Joshua Lemos
    Joshua Lemos Year ago +2

    So i ordered the kit with the brush, but the brush wont get here for almost another 2 weeks, what can i use instead of a horse hair brush to clean the leather in my car? or should i just wait

    • Med 71
      Med 71 Year ago

      Jax Teller ha. That’s what I just used. Works great.

    • Jax Teller
      Jax Teller Year ago +1

      Joshua Lemos use your toothbrush lol

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +1

      Hey Joshua, you can spray Leather Cleaner onto a clean microfiber towel and then wipe your leather down with that. The brush will be able to perform a deeper cleaning than a simple microfiber towel, but at least you can get a good amount of the surface filth up until your brush arrives! Thanks for being a part of the CG family, Joshua, and stay tuned for a new video headed your way soon!

  • Tintle
    Tintle Year ago

    How to clean and condition leather? BUY OUR STUFF!

  • Sinisa Kalicanec
    Sinisa Kalicanec Year ago

    Do you have a delivery to Germany.Tnx

    • Sinisa Kalicanec
      Sinisa Kalicanec Year ago

      Chemical Guys
      Thank you very much for your answer.I would ask you now that you recommend me which product is to wipe the entire interior in the car without making the plastic wrap☺️

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +1

      That's awesome! 👊 Your car looks brand new! Here at Chemical Guys, we love that matte OEM look without any of that greasy shine. It really looks like your Audi just came off the showroom floor! Since you applied the Leather Conditioner and Serum too, you now have the peace of mind knowing that your beautiful leather interior is protected against harsh UV rays. Thanks so much for sharing, we really love seeing your pictures and the amazing results! Take care and send us any other questions you may have in taking care of your Audi. Greetings from Los Angeles! ✌️😬

    • Sinisa Kalicanec
      Sinisa Kalicanec Year ago +1

      Here's a link thank you for a great product.😃

    • Sinisa Kalicanec
      Sinisa Kalicanec Year ago +1

      Chemical Guys
      Of course as soon as the product comes and clean the seats in the car,
      The car is relatively new, but has a beautiful leather sports seat, and I want them to stay for years clean and new

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago +1

      Awesome! Make sure to post up pics when you're using the products and tag us! We would love to see!

  • Dylan Wodrich
    Dylan Wodrich Year ago +1

    I've been thinking of trying the leather kit on Amazon that comes with the cleaner and conditioner. I have a compact hatch with leather seat, but I don't know if it's really leather or the synthetic leather. Regardless, will the conditioner product actually make a difference on "fake" leather in terms of protecting and preventing cracking?

  • Sam Pratt
    Sam Pratt Year ago +1

    How many times does he say leather in this video 😂😂

  • ChedderEder
    ChedderEder Year ago

    Hey guys, I have recently purchased a new car! It’s an INFINITI G37x and the leather on my seats are a light grey color.
    Will these products affect the color of the leather??? Thank you for your time.

    • Sergio Torres
      Sergio Torres Year ago

      Chemical Guys The video shows 3 steps; clearner, then conditioner, then as an added step to protect from UV, the serum. Just trying to understand the steps also as I’m new to caring about the leather in my car.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Serum first, conditioner second. You use an applicator for the leather serum and conditioner. The brush is meant to be paired with the leather cleaner to remove surface stains, body oils, and anything that can get smeared on the leather. You can use the leather cleaner in two ways: 1) You can spray the leather directly and agitate the solution with the brush we recommended. 2) Or you can spray the Leather Cleaner into a microfiber towel and gently rub that into your seats.
      With the Leather Serum, you should squirt a line of the product into the applicator and spread it out along your seats. You can also apply the Serum or Conditioner with a towel.

    • ChedderEder
      ChedderEder Year ago

      Chemical Guys Also do I use the brush for both the conditioner and the serum or which one exactly?

    • ChedderEder
      ChedderEder Year ago

      Chemical Guys Thank you!
      Does it matter if I put the conditioner before the Serum or after the Serum?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Start out with the leather cleaner and remove any body oils. Apply some of the leather Serum, and the leather conditioner to give your leather an extended life span. Remember that leather is derived from from animal hide, it needs to be nourished and hydrated, otherwise wear and tear is going to claim your seats.

  • M.R. Baldwin
    M.R. Baldwin Year ago

    The white guy is so hard to watch.

    • MOPARGuy
      MOPARGuy Year ago

      M.R. Baldwin right? I want to punch him in the face so bad.

  • jason luty
    jason luty Year ago

    I am in the process of ordering these products you recommended is their any other suggestions for reducing blue jean coloring on light colored leather?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      Hi Jason, from what I've read online, it tends to happen with new jeans. Well washed and worn jeans probably won't transfer. I would probably use a soft blanket, or wear different types of pants lol. We have this same issue because we sit on white leather seats, and jeans are the preferred pants of choice.

      C.G. Alex -

  • Anon
    Anon Year ago

    Why would I use the leather clean instead of the other interior product you guys make?

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  Year ago

      It's a dedicated leather product so you know that it will get the job done, and it's a deeper clean as well. The Other interior products are considered quick detail sprays, meaning they clean up light dust, minor spills, and general clean up. Most of the Interior cleaners have been diluted accordingly to prevent accidental damage. The leather Cleaner has small amounts of vitamin E which helps to clean and nourish leather before you apply a serum or conditioner. Picture this, you want to clean your leather, but you don't have the leather cleaner, you grab Total Interior, or Inner Clean and you spray down the leather for a quick cleaning job. Lets say that you want to coat the seats with the conditioner or the serum, you'd want to clean the seats first with the cleaner to remove any body oils and sweat. The cleaner the seats are, the easier it will be for the serum or conditioner to bond to the leather.

  • Saahir Bhimani
    Saahir Bhimani 2 years ago

    I've got the cleaner and the conditioner and wanted to know if i can apply the cleaner and conditioner on other matte interior surfaces like on the dash

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 years ago

      Hi Saahir, thanks for watching. I recommend using Inner Clean, Total Interior, or Nonsense. The conditioner will most likely leave a residue on your dash, and the leather cleaner is designed to clean leather. You don't want to take the risk of altering the dashboard, stick with the interior detail products.

      C.G. Alex -

  • luminosity2083
    luminosity2083 2 years ago

    Hey Guys, So I have a new car, it has black leather interior, it has bright orange stitching as well. I have all three of your leather care products. Will the orange stitching be discolored by any or all of these products? Thank you for you time.

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 years ago

      Hi buddy, thank you for reaching out to us. Avoid using the serum, or conditioner on the stitching because it could stain the threads. I say to be safe, use a the products on the leather only, be cautious to use the applicator, or use the products on a towel.

  • MrBoss578
    MrBoss578 2 years ago

    Is there a dry time between products

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 years ago

      Hi there, thanks for watching this awesome video. When applying the leather conditioner or the serum, you'll want to let it sit for a minute or two before buffing it off with a microfiber towel. I usually apply the conditioner to the entire seat, front to back, and I grab my towel, and buff the excess so that none of it gets on my clothes.

      Chemical Guys Alex -

  • Domp118
    Domp118 2 years ago

    Unf Daddy say supple again

  • John Perkins
    John Perkins 2 years ago +1

    does the serum smell as artificially leathery as the conditioner does?!

  • Brandon Burgess
    Brandon Burgess 2 years ago

    If the Serum protects from things being absorbed into the leather, how am I supposed to condition it again? Wont the serum get into the pours and block future conditioning?

    • Brandon Burgess
      Brandon Burgess 2 years ago

      Chemical Guys Woo!! I'll be buying this kit soon then. Thanks!

    • Chemical Guys
      Chemical Guys  2 years ago +2

      Hi Brandon, the leather serum creates a barrier, it's not an airtight barrier like plastic wrap, or vacuum sealing. The leather serum will absorb into the seats, and will last for 3-6 weeks before you have to apply it again. The sun will eventually break down the protectants over time, as well as the sweat in your body, and general wear and tear. Remember that leather is dyed and preserved cow skin. Leather has pores, and it will absorb whatever you put into it.

  • Lotus
    Lotus 2 years ago +49

    It puts the lotion on its leather or it gets the hose again

    • Rushyang Darji
      Rushyang Darji 8 months ago

      @Rekkless thanks for response. I finally ordered cleaner, conditioner and syrum after above comment and watching lot of other videos and have been using since day 1. Happy with it.

    • Rekkless
      Rekkless 8 months ago +1

      @Rushyang Darji - It won't be a problem

    • Rushyang Darji
      Rushyang Darji Year ago

      Hello Chemical Guys,
      Can I use any of your product (cleaner / conditioner) on my brand new white leather or there would some special leather for it? Please respond.

    • a1crazychewy
      a1crazychewy 2 years ago

      loren young ahahhahahaahahahs

  • Victor Vaca
    Victor Vaca 2 years ago

    you never invest in a car

  • Re1nTs
    Re1nTs 2 years ago

    the serum leaves leather littlebit slippery,and very little shiny.

  • Peoples Yemi
    Peoples Yemi 2 years ago +5

    There's no such thing as "almost brand new" that you continue to advertise in this video; especially with 4000 miles. It's used Sir.

    • BlackNinjazHD
      BlackNinjazHD Year ago +2

      too technical why can’t we just enjoy the video...

    • Keyboarding
      Keyboarding Year ago

      almost: not quite; very nearly.
      "Not quite brand new"
      "Very close to brand new"
      Neither of these sentences that are derived from the definition are suggesting the leather is new.

    • Jordan Forgues
      Jordan Forgues 2 years ago +6

      Peoples Yemi at 4000miles, the car itself is almost brand new

  • Todd Halstead
    Todd Halstead 2 years ago

    This is good info, how would you care for Alcantara as well?

  • Mario Mendoza
    Mario Mendoza 2 years ago

    I like how he pinch the seat lol

  • Henry Checo
    Henry Checo 3 years ago

    Nice video

  • MGundayao81
    MGundayao81 3 years ago +2

    Y would you clean new leather !? Y not put a video to promote products to restore leather like what normal people would do ..