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So I spun out on the track this Sunday and slid off into the dusty portion of the run off area and had some of that fly into the cabin. I vaccumed off the insides and the seat crevices but there is a thin layer of dust on the seat surfaces.

What can I use to safely clean this off without scratching or damaging the (nappa?) leather before applying a conditioner? Its black leather seats if the color matters ...

Thanks guys!

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I think your best procedure will be to vacuum with a brush attachment...doing so lightly, but working it over seams and stitching of course. Once all loose dust particles are lifted it then can be wiped carefully with a good microfiber with a good cleaner like [I use Griot's Interior cleaner...but there are others] sprayed on the MF and then applied to seat.

Afterwards yes, then apply a good quality conditioner. I have used the McGuires Gold Class and or Connelleys from UK for years...but now recently have switched over to the Griot's [www.griotsgarage.com] Leather Conditioner and I find it better, longer lasting and soaks into the leather and stitching better. Hope this helps some...but if you get at it, the leather will not be ruined. Its pretty tough stuff...
 

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+1 McGuires Gold - That stuff does a good job. :thumbup:

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Thanks guys.

JonM- I thought water and leather are not a good combination? Will I mess up the leather?
 

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No problem on the water issue...and agreed, just don't let leather sit and get wet and stay wet. You shoes get wet all the time, and they survive unless you let them get wet and stay that way. The tanning oils will keep it protected, and it gets wet often when you get in on a rainy day and sit down with a wet coat and often its that way for a loooot of minutes.

BUT once dried off, be sure to re-feed the leather with conditioner. In fact it ought to be done every couple months or so...depending upon where a oerson lives and what the weather is. In Arizona?? Imight feed it every 60 days or so...here in St.Louis area, maybe 3 times a year. Keeps the leather soft and protected. Good luck with it...
 

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I would vacuum first to get the big stuff. Then, with a compressor and an air ***8220;wand***8221; blow out the crevices. You can get a wand for about $10 at an auto parts store. They are about 18***8221; long and have a very small hole for the air to come out. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and use an auto leather conditioner as mentioned above.

I detail my cars so that they always look brand new. I don***8217;t know what I would do without my air compressor. It gets the dust out of all the air vents and hard to reach places.
 

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Thanks guys. Planning to go with Murphy's Oil Soap for cleaning the seats and then use a conditioner - either the Coach stuff or the VW german leather conditioner. One of the local Z4Mers suggested the Lexus leather conditioner - may even take a run at that if I can get off my lazy bones.

Good idea on the compressor to blow off the tiny dust particles - I dont have one, but I will use the compressed can of air that I use on keyboards :) A little geeky, but it should do the trick.
 

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For about $300 you can get a great Makita air compressor. I have the one below (see link). Maybe you can get it cheaper somewhere else. I like the Makita because it is extremely quiet compared to others.

You can get one that is louder for a lot less. Possibly in the $150 range.

I use the compressor for everything, especially for cleaning the cars. It gets under the seats and places I could never reach in the engine compartment. Couldn't live without it.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-MAC240...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1301260683&sr=1-1
 
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