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    clean leather seats

    i have a 94 sls and it has light grey interior. it is starting to show dark marks in the leather and i just like to know if anyone has any idea's how to take them out. i clean the leather with meguiar's gold class rich leather cleaner conditioner. and it does not remove them. any help will be nice, i like to keep it like new. thanks

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    As recommended by GM I would use Saddle Soap. My leather is light tan & noticed the same problem you have. The soap cleaned it up very nicely. Have been using the stuff for years with good results. It beats anything thing else I have tried.

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid rabbit
    As recommended by GM I would use Saddle Soap. My leather is light tan & noticed the same problem you have. The soap cleaned it up very nicely. Have been using the stuff for years with good results. It beats anything thing else I have tried.
    Saddle soap works great. Even though the mothers is a good cleaner but the soap goes a little further. use the mothers to keep it clean if you know what i mean

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Kiwi makes a spray-on cleaner for shoes that I've used on spots like yours with much success.

    Spray it on, it foams, wipe it off. Of course, afterward you'll want to treat it with the Mother's or Meguiar's stuff. Saddle soap contains lanolin, which may be the best thing you can do for conditioning.

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    There is a series of products called Leatherique. They are highly recommended by the Rolls Royce Owner's Club as well as several other high dollar car clubs. Best pricing I found was direct from them - it is a link off of their corp site at www.leatherique.com.

    I just ordered last week - should be here next week.

    Here is a link to one person's review of the product.

    Cory

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    in a early link about 6/7 weeks ago, someone suggest woolite/zero
    1 part woolite and 6 parts water in a spray bootle
    It works well
    But on a light colour leather it will take a lot of cleaning
    This will the last light interor I buy
    It is hard to clean even the seat belts

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Cory, PLEASE post a review of the Leatherique stuff after you've had a chance to try it out. I've been thinking about getting some, too.

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Search the detailing section...... I remember someone posting something odd that works really well for cleaning leather....

    Personally, what I do is put cleaner on it, and let it sit for a little, and wipe it off.... Ive also found that windex or a surface cleaner works really good, but Id be sure to follow it up with a good conditioning......

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    what about lexol. I use their cleaner and conditioner on both my cars and havnet had anything but great results.




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    Re: clean leather seats

    Leatherique is the best stuff...... But lexol is good also.......

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    Re: clean leather seats

    I used to detail cars for avis rent-a-car. Try Orange Clean. Sounds crazy I know, but use it, let it sit for a couple, then wipe off. BE SURE to follow w/ Macguire's Gold or some other great conditioner!!

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Yes..... If you use a cleaner like that (i wouldnt), make sure you follow with conditioner because that will take out a lot of oils and nutrients out of the leather......

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Quote Originally Posted by elwesso
    Leatherique is the best stuff...... But lexol is good also.......
    yeap on the Leatherique ...

    on the Lexol, armor-all, windex, lemon something, water sprays, shoe cleaners, and the other whatevers, don't think so .. nope!

    mayday!
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    leather can and will last 50+ years if done right .. avoid those or suffer the cost of recovering ...

    here are the facts:
    oil, petroleum, water and silicone WILL SEAL the fibers in leather and in the long run, HARDEN AND DESTROY the leather .. AVOID these like the bubonic plague ...

    waterproof the leather with the proper conditioner .. YEAP!

    lexol, armor-all and others are deadly to leather .. if your leather was exposed to these silcones, there are products that will remove the silicone to some degree ...

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    Note that the main use of the cleaner is after the conditioner, not before as you may have read in the directions. You only need to clean heavy dirt before conditioning. A good conditioner will help loosen and lift dirt, sweat, and other stuff, making an "after: cleaning easier and more productive.


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    the "Don'ts"

    First, do not use anything with silicones in it. The silicones give the leather a nice finish, but do nothing to "nourish" it and will make any later repairs or recoloring very much more difficult. Armor-all & Lexol are to be avoided when it comes to leather seats or vinyl.

    Second, do not use anything with water added to it or with petroleum distillates added. These also don't help the leather and may harm it.

    Third, stay away from saddle soap. It does soften and clean the leather, but it is hard on the dye, leading to a premature need to recolor.

    Fourth, don't leave exposed leather sitting in the sun year after year. If you must park in the sun more than occasionally, cover the leather, especially the top of the back seats. Towels are cheap. Reupholstery isn't.


    harsh cleaners are not great either, but at least may leave the pores and fibers open for re-conditioning .. still, avoid them ...

    best, ABSOLUTELY BEST, way to clean/condition leather:
    use a mink oil+ sheep's wool fat (lanolin)+ neatfoot oil ... leather conditioners .. YES, clean with the conditioner ...
    if your car has COTTON stitching, skip the neatfoot oil ...
    Leatherique contain no neetsfoot oil ...
    Eagle One contains all three ...

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    the "Dos"

    Use your favorite leather conditioner as often as you like, but try to do it at least once a year. Twice is better. More than about four times is overkill BUT will no do harm.
    You might want to do a light cleaning to get really cruddy stuff off the leather before conditioning. Don't feel that you need to get every molecule of dirt off, however.
    Now, condition. Rub the conditioner in with your hands. Using a cloth might seem like a good idea, but you'll lose a lot of conditioner that the cloth soaks up. You want it ALL to soak into your seats. If you don't like the greasy feeling, wear gloves. If your seats are really hard, don't try to massage the stuff in as you may cause a crack. If the leather is pretty good, you can be more aggressive.
    Now, park the car out in the sun for a while. Let the leather pores open and aborb the conditioner. Heat helps here. Repeat if so inclined, especially if the leather's hard.
    Now, wipe any dirt residue off. Clean with a cleaner if it feels a bit sticky.

    Note that the main use of the cleaner is after the conditioner, not before as you may have read in the directions. You only need to clean heavy dirt before conditioning. A good conditioner will help loosen and lift dirt, sweat, and other stuff, making an "after: cleaning eaiser and more productive.

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    http://www.seattlejagclub.org/restrep/

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    Re: clean leather seats

    So eagle one seems to be the best stuff.......???

    How is meguires stuff...... It smells really good (so I hear)

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    Re: clean leather seats

    Quote Originally Posted by elwesso
    So eagle one seems to be the best stuff.......???

    How is meguires stuff...... It smells really good (so I hear)
    The Meguires stuff IS GREAT. It really cleans the leather up nice and leaving it nice and soft. Very happy with it as a quick clean. nothing else

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