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Thread: What is the best leather cleaner?

  1. #26
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    it's weird...but I spray WD40 on my leather seats on my E36 M3. It cleans, softens the leather, and conditions it. I've been using it for over 2 years now....usually spray them and clean them that way once a month. After that, I buff and use Griots interior cleaner for wiping down and just giving a basic clean.
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    Leather Cleaner and conditioner - Hyde Food

    A very good friend of mine has been in the auto parts & service industry for 20+ years and has been with *gasp* a Mercedes dealership for over 8 years. He swears by Hyde Food and says it's the best product out there for keeping leather healthy, clean and supple. With our harsh summers here in the Phoenix area the leather has a tough life. our dry environment with auto interior temps of 160+, people damage (sweat much in Phoenix summers? and day-to-day issues are brutal to seats and upholstery.
    https://www.bimmian.com/Byrons-Hyde-...for-BMW-E70-X5
    Hope that helps!

    Quote Originally Posted by charlesf View Post
    i own a leatheriq kit and the 2 dollar glove oil works much better

  3. #28
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    Best leather cleaner, Meguires degreaser diluted 10:1 and then add a good quality conditioner.

  4. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by monty400 View Post
    Best leather cleaner, Meguires degreaser diluted 10:1 and then add a good quality conditioner.
    Or Meg's APC at a 10:1 ratio - works well too.

  5. #30
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    I have been using the Lexol two part cleaner/conditioner products for a few years. It seems to work great and smell great for the money. Though, I'd like to see something that does a better job at softening and restoring hardened leather without any sanding or extreme DIY jobs.

    Here's my experience:


  6. #31
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    Still using the Lexol cleaner with microfiber's, water and a detailing brush. Works well and is gentle on the leather.



    Link: https://youtu.be/jbYBjAT8QjM

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    I have successfully cleaned some reasonably filthy leather seats using shaving cream, a soft fingernail brush and rinsing thoroughly with damp rags. There are lots of thoughts on conditioners, Lexol and various saddle oils have served me well.

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    I just started on my 540 m-sport interior and used Leatherique rejuvenator and pristine clean. My seats were near mint and this product damaged my seat! It took off the color.....what ever you do, be gentle.



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  9. #34
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    I like the Zymol Cleaner and Conditioner kit. Use it on cars and home leathers. No real odors from either. The conditioner smells like a lotion.

    For a budget leather cleaner I use the Griots Garage 3-1 Leather. Does the job quickly.

    RFZ - Can you post some photos? Was it the rejuvinator that took color out of the leather?
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  10. #35
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    i bought some cadillac brand leather cleaner conditioner that was recommended. my daughter just did the seats on the 325i and it looks great. she put the lotion on a soft cloth and slowly rubbed it in and the cloth turned dark in spots. seems to have worked great.

  11. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by monty400 View Post
    Best leather cleaner, Meguires degreaser diluted 10:1 and then add a good quality conditioner.
    Exactly what I use. Best stuff right there!

  12. #37
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    Leatherique used correctly is the best way to bring old leather back to life. It is definitely not a 5 minute process like a lot of the other cleaners/conditioners are. I've also used Leather Honey with good results. It is also at a few hour to few day process, depending on the condition of your leather. If you have hardened or cracking leather those two systems are the ones to use.

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    There are lot of leather cleaners available in the market and I have read about some online, I am unable to determine why some claim ph-balance. How does it affect the cleaning process? Refer: https://carhq.org/best-leather-cleaner-cars

  14. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bald Eric View Post
    A very good friend of mine has been in the auto parts & service industry for 20+ years and has been with *gasp* a Mercedes dealership for over 8 years. He swears by Hyde Food and says it's the best product out there for keeping leather healthy, clean and supple. With our harsh summers here in the Phoenix area the leather has a tough acheter medicaments life. our dry environment with auto interior temps of 160+, people damage (sweat much in Phoenix summers? and day-to-day issues are brutal to seats and upholstery.
    https://www.bimmian.com/Byrons-Hyde-...for-BMW-E70-X5
    Hope that helps!
    really nice

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    This is my wifes 2008 Ford Escape (For Sale if anyone is interested) I have been treating the leather with Lexol Cleaner and Conditioner since I got it 10 years ago.
    I use it in my 2008 335i convertible as well (only owned for 3 years so far) and they look brand new as well.
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    I am surprised no one has mentioned baby wipes. I use them ICW Meguiars or Lexol, then lexol on an extra soft microfiber. But I rarely let my seats sit for long without cleaning. Id use a glycerin saddle soap on a new-to-me vehicle if I were looking for a fresh detail. Ive never found Leatherique to be any more effective, so one purchase was enough to swear me off it

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