Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)

X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Talk about the E83 BMW X3 in this forum!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-31-2009, 03:33 PM
drewzee13 drewzee13 is offline
Registered User
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: 328i
Sunblock & Leather Seats -- Any suggestions on how to clean..

My friend's wife left behind some stains on the black leather seats of the X3 from her Sun Block.

Any suggestions on cleaning and protecting the seats from this happening again (other than never allowing her to sit in the car again)?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 08-31-2009, 03:53 PM
rs6655 rs6655 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: N Florida
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 391
Mein Auto: 2009 X3 (MT)
I use plain cool water for general cleaning and Lexol conditioner twice a year to keep the leather soft.

For stains I would try plain water first. If that didn't work I would try Lexol cleaner followed by conditioner.

http://www.lexol.com/auto.html
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-31-2009, 04:08 PM
surgtech72@yaho surgtech72@yaho is offline
Spineguy
Location: california
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 110
Mein Auto: 2006 x3
Leatherique

Take a look at Leatherique as well. Apply the conditioner, which drives dirt and other contaminants out of the leather, then use the cleaner to clean the surface of the leather. I used this on my wife's beige leather in her 545i and it worked great.

Good luck,

Chris
__________________
2006 Titanium Silver, Terra Cotta Leather, Premium, Dinan Stage 1 Software, Dinan Pedal Set, Roundel Replacement
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-31-2009, 04:18 PM
drewzee13 drewzee13 is offline
Registered User
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: 328i
Thanks. I'm debating between the Griots and the Leatherique. I think I'm just going to order the Leatherique kit. I appreciate all the help and insight. I'll let you know how it goes.

Unfortunately for my friends, the wife has banned them from the car to avoid this problem in the future. They treat their car like crap, why would we expect them to treat ours any differently.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-31-2009, 04:30 PM
rs6655 rs6655 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: N Florida
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 391
Mein Auto: 2009 X3 (MT)
Quote:
Originally Posted by drewzee13 View Post
They treat their car like crap, why would we expect them to treat ours any differently.
I know the feeling.

My big pet peeve is people putting their feet all over the doors, and sills getting in and out of the car. All I ask is that they go from the ground to the floor mat and not touch anything in between.

Unfortunately many people can't seem to master this.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-31-2009, 05:52 PM
drewzee13 drewzee13 is offline
Registered User
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: 328i
I ordered the Leatherique kit.

I have to agree with you about the door sills.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-31-2009, 09:06 PM
ducx3 ducx3 is offline
sapper
Location: AK49
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 360
Mein Auto: 02 WRX, 06 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by drewzee13 View Post
Unfortunately for my friends, the wife has banned them from the car to avoid this problem in the future. They treat their car like crap, why would we expect them to treat ours any differently.
Good for you guys. Had a friend spill some bug repellent in the back seat, wipe it up, and place a blue towel on it and sat on it for the 1 hour drive INSTEAD of telling me. I had a bottle of water that could have easily cleaned that up. But now I have a nice blue stain from the blue towel leaching onto the seat.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-01-2009, 11:54 AM
W2RKJ W2RKJ is offline
5th BMW
Location: South Jersey
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 48
Mein Auto: 2008 E83 / 2004 E46
I would try a dish detergent (Dawn for an example) mixed with water first after all it is a mild grease cutter and the cheaper way to go. I think you'll be surprised.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-01-2009, 04:49 PM
noego noego is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Central Illinois
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 877
Mein Auto: '06 X3, 1997 Chevy truck,
there are several detailing gurus who regularly answer questions of this sort on the detailing message board. you should give it a try...you will receive product recommendations as well as steps to follow to solve your problem. cleaning leather seats is a frequent topic of discussion so a search on that forum would be a good first step. good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-07-2009, 11:26 AM
drewzee13 drewzee13 is offline
Registered User
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: 328i
Thanks everyone for your help, stories, and tips.

I found the detailer forum after I posted.

My wife confirmed the ban for life status. She has black leather seats. With tan leather seats, I'm never letting them into my car...

Just received the leatherique products. I'll let you know if it is any good.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-29-2009, 12:25 PM
libra15 libra15 is offline
Registered User
Location: ATL
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1
Mein Auto: 330i
I am a sunscreen fanatic - I wear it religiously. Unfortunately, several ingredients in sunscreen stain my expensive leather purses and my (even more expensive) leather seats. This very afternoon I'm having a guy come out to re-dye my BMW's front two seats, as the stains are beyond the point of removal. (My car is 6 years old, mind you.)

Your stains seem relatively new - you should be able to get them out using a variety of commercial products or self-made concoctions like woolite/water. (For really bad stains, try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser only on the stain itself and condition immediately after.)

As far as prevention goes, assuming another sunscreen wearer somehow finds their way into your car at some point, basic routine leather upkeep (gentle cleaning and conditioning) is really your best option (assuming you don't want to go the route of car seat covers.) My leather guy said that commercial products like "sealants" or stain repellants are ineffective. HTH.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms