leather car seatsLeather car seats have an aura of luxury. They are incredibly comfortable and help feed that new car smell with that fantastic leather smell. For the most part, leather is relatively easy to clean too. Other than the temperature changing that affects leather, there aren’t too many downsides to it, other than cost.

However, leather can be damaged by a normally harmless organic compound; water. How does this life-giving liquid prove to be so harmful to leather seats? So let’s discuss what water can do to leather seats.

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H2O is not a corrosive liquid, so you don’t have to worry about instant damage. Plus most car seat leather is treated with a protective layer that prevents liquids from being absorbed quickly. This layer helps prevent water from penetrating and soaking into the leather. That is really its sole purpose, other than to maybe provide a glossier look.

In any case, the protective layer allows you to quickly clean up the leather. So whether it is a soda or water, you typically wipe down the leather seat quickly to prevent damage.


We’ve all had the gut-sinking feeling when we head back to our car and notice that the windows or sunroof are open and it is raining. So now your leather car seats are wet and they have been sitting like that for some period of time.

If water is allowed to sit without being wiped off, it can be absorbed by your car seat. When this dries, it will make the leather stiff. So much for the “comfort” of leather.

Flood Damage

If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your home, you know the kind of havoc it can wreak. It is extremely hard to remove and can cause mold and mildew to start growing. In addition flooding tends to sit for a while since it is so difficult to remove quickly. In the unfortunate circumstance that your car experiences flooding, you can expect just as much havoc to occur.

Not only will the water begin to damage the leather but it will also harm the cushioning since they will absorb the water in buckets. In addition, flood water will contain contaminants that will leave a foul odor. Again, if you’ve had a flooded basement, you know the musty, mildewy smell a flood can leave behind. In the case of a flooded car, you will want to do your best to rid your vehicle of water. Shop vacuums, dehumidifiers, and other tools might help to suck out some water but there is still a chance that it won’t be enough. Leather professionals might be able to save your leather seats if, once dried out, the seats are still in good condition and don’t have a bad odor. If the odor is still there even after it is dry, you may need to replace the seats altogether.

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What Water Can Do To Leather Seats

One thought on “What Water Can Do To Leather Seats

  • May 24, 2020 at 5:45 am

    thank you!. this put me at ease

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