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How to Remove Pressure Dents from Leather Car Seats

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There are many benefits to having leather or vinyl seats in your car instead of cloth. They’re more durable, easier to clean, and look much cooler. But, they suffer from one thing that cloth seats don’t: indentations.

Too much pressure on a leather surface can leave an unsightly indentation that won’t stretch back. Not all seat dimples are permanent, though. You can use the power of heat to remove pressure dents from leather car seats.


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4 steps to remove pressure dents from leather car seats

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Step 1: Pop the leather indentation outward

You need to bring the indentation out, and the quickest way to do this is to hold a vacuum nozzle over the dent, being careful not to scrape the leather with it.

Make sure the leather is good and clean before proceeding any further.

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Step 2: Soften the leather

Run hot water over a washcloth and wring it out. Immediately place the cloth over the dimple. This will moisten and soften the leather, as well as protect it during the next step.

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Step 3: Heat the leather

Alternatively, you could remove the washcloth and wave a hair dryer over the spot, being careful not to hold it too close or too long to singe the leather.

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Step 4: Massage the surface while cooling

Help the leather wrestle free from the indented shape it’s taken on by gently squeezing and rubbing it to help it flatten out as it cools.

To speed up the cooling process and help the leather contract more, hold a cold object against the leather, like a cold compress or freezer pack.

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This technique won’t fix every leather indentation — especially if the pressure was severe enough to irreversibly damage the material — but getting the leather to expand and contract is the most likely way you’ll be able to restore your leather car seats to their former beauty.


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