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Old 01-30-2012, 07:31 AM
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Question Leather Cleaner?

Which Leather Cleaner really works?

I have beige leather seats in the X3 which appears dirty since I wear a lot of black.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:10 PM
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The Leatherique combo has worked great for me.

Excels at safely removing dirt and making leather supple.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:11 PM
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Personally, I use the Pristine Clean Leather cleaner and just apply some Lexol leather conditioner to the seats; the pristine clean oil is a bit cumbersome to use and should be used on pretty mal-treated seats from what i've seen.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:43 PM
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I use dubin to clean and protect. Sound to me like you may need somthing stronger though. Only advise from what I have read/me is to sniff the product you intend to use/buy. If it smells of petrol/oil byproduct choose another cleaner. Would you wash in petrol? Your seats will hate it too. Books on detailing I've read suggest starting with somthing really mild you think might not work and your way to stonger stuff.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:58 AM
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I use a product a door to door sales person had sold me a few years ago. It's called Leather CPR. It works wonders for keeping my leather couch clean and did a good number on cleaning my BMW's seats. There's paint and deep stains that don't come out of the leather with this stuff though. I use the sponge that came with the kit(uniform applicator sponge, not dish sponge). My leather's pretty worn 11 years in a car with no window tint and the desert sun does a lot of damage. The seats should feal like the inside of the rear armrest, but instead is sorta chapped in places and is semi stiff. The Leather CPR did restore some of the suppleness. It works better on my couches though.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:43 AM
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The Leatherique combo has worked great for me.

Excels at safely removing dirt and making leather supple.
What is the best for leatherette ?
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:33 AM
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What is the best for leatherette ?
1z Plastic Cleaner (Plastik-Reiniger) - an intensive, non-corrosive, non-acidic two-phase deep cleaner that removes grime build-up, scuff marks, bitumen (tar) and nicotine thoroughly and effortlessly with dust-resistant anti-static action. Use to clean armrests, door handles, shift knobs, vinyl seats, pedals, dashboard, storage compartments, tires, rocker panels, wheel wells, and etc. Water-based formula is biodegradable, silicone and formalin-free as well as environmentally friendly.

Iz Cockpit Premium – an interior care and protectant that provides an original matte-satin factory finish. This is a treatment spray for all interior components including the dash, finished leather and vinyl seats, door handles, trim, navigation screens, stereo head units, and clear plastic. It has very limited cleaning ability but it provides ultra violet (UV) protection for interior materials. The gentle formula is water-based and free of oils providing a non-slip finish, which allows for application on the steering wheel, shift knob and both finished leather and vinyl upholstery.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:35 AM
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Which Leather Cleaner really works?

I have beige leather seats in the X3 which appears dirty since I wear a lot of black.

Thanks for your help!
This sounds like dye transfer from clothing-

Leather Master Leather Dye Transfer Cleaner - (A-Aniline / Non-Coated) (P-Protected / Coated) dye transfer is a specialized cleaner and stain remover designed to eliminate colour and dye transfers on light types leathers. Use for the removal of blue jean transfer, newspaper print and deep stains like mustard on protected finished leathers. This product works, even when nothing else will. Often on light-colour leathers, it appears that the colour is coming off the leather because you can only see the surface. What has actually happened is a transfer of a lighter colour to the leather's surface from blue jeans and/or newspaper print.

If the dye has permeated then the finish should be softened to help release the dye (Leather Master Soft Touch) Using a strong solvent on leather that has a stain or dye transfer will do two things; cause the dye to ‘bleed’ further into the surface making it even more difficult to remove, and it may damage the finish requiring replacement.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:34 AM
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I personally like Leatherique to be one of the best I've used to include Leather Masters product. That said both of these would be very good choices used on a regular bases.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:01 PM
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I personally like Leatherique to be one of the best I've used to include Leather Masters product. That said both of these would be very good choices used on a regular bases.
Leatherique has a great reputation but isn't it overkill for a car that is less than 2 years old? I personally like the Zaino products for routine maintenance.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:29 PM
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Which Leather Cleaner really works?

I have beige leather seats in the X3 which appears dirty since I wear a lot of black.

Thanks for your help!
There are lots of leather cleaners available but if your clothes are bleeding onto your seats you should be checking your clothes. This is not a good situation.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:56 AM
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here is something we just wrote up.
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