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How do you guys clean your leather seat? Soapy water?

leather in my rx is light colour and I already see light shade of black stuff
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If you check out the detailing forum in here, there's a huge thread all about cleaning the leather, products, techniques, etc.
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If you check out the detailing forum in here, there's a huge thread all about cleaning the leather, products, techniques, etc.
How do you clean the leather?
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That thread is a lot more useful than just me telling you what I do. Keep in mind my cars are new, caring for and restoring older leather is a different process.
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That thread is a lot more useful than just me telling you what I do. Keep in mind my cars are new, caring for and restoring older leather is a different process.
That thread has 28 pages. I read the last page and found a pdf about cleaning the leather. I think I will try Leather Masters Strong Leather Cleaner
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If you really wanted to learn the best way to clean your leather, you'd read a few of the pages.

This is site is a huge resource of information, but sometimes you have to put a little effort forth and seek that information out for yourself. Expecting all of us to repost information we've posted many times isn't fair when that information is easily accessible.
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I use a McCulloch MC1385 steam cleaner with a microfiber cloth. Works great without use of any chemicals.
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I wouldn't use a steam cleaner, hard on the seams and all.
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I use Lexol cleaner and the Lexol conditioner afterwards.
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Originally Posted by SW15LS View Post
I wouldn't use a steam cleaner, hard on the seams and all.
Steam is actually one of the safest ways to clean leather. No harsh chemicals, it's just heated water. Steam cleaning is similar to ironing, you can ruin a nice piece of clothing if you use high temperatures. Steam is used by many professional detailers and believe it or not car manufacturers use steam to upholster new leather seats, for example: https://www.leatherseats.com/leather...g-installation.

Here's a nice video of a pro detailer showing how efficient steam cleaning can be when compared to standard cleaning products:
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As with Chris, I too use Lexal products. I just reordered my Lexal conditioner. I take the cleaner with a clean rag and go over all leather parts. Then I go back and run the conditioner. If your seats are really dirty, then you'll need to pursue other techniques which I don't know.
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I personally think the question is somewhat of a general one, and based on the condition of your seats will yield you a different answer/resolution.
Or perhaps im just being too technical!
I try to clean my seat every few weeks and my process is as follows:
I thoroughly vacuum my interior. When it comes to my seats, I also, at the seams, gently separate the leather and use a slightly damp mf cloth to remove debris, then vacuum the rest.
After that, I get 3 buckets: 1 (B1/Bucker 1) with a warm water and Woolite solution, about 1/4 of a cap full and about a half large bucket of water (a little bit of Woolite goes a long way), and 2 other buckets (B2 & B3, B3 with a separate mf towel) of warm, clean water.
I use a clean mf towel, drench it in B1, squeeze it out until its damp but FAR from dripping, and go over the seats, I wipe the seat area, rinse mf towel in clean water and then place it back in B1 then grab the cloth from B3 to remove water/soap, then allow seats to air dry. At that point, the level of moisture on the seats is very, very little. They will air dry practically within a minutes time.
From that point, I move onto the back portion of the seat and so on, with the same procedure.
After the seats are clean and dry, I grab another clean mf towel and wipe the seats down with Griot's Leather Conditioner.
Stuff smells great, goes on evenly and does not leave a shiny look to the seats, steering wheel, door panels and center console, but rather an OEM matte appearance, and the seat feel and look very good.
Just my 2 cents!
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Yes. Some of conditioners make seats too shiny and slippery.

Leather master company is 10 mins drive nearby and I will buy them and give it a try this weekend
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Originally Posted by 2v1g View Post
Yes. Some of conditioners make seats too shiny and slippery.

Leather master company is 10 mins drive nearby and I will buy them and give it a try this weekend
I don't think you'll go wrong with Leather Masters, as they have a great product and reputation.
I plan on buying some in the near future.
Let us know how you like it.
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Should I use leather master soft cleaner or strong cleaner?

My LS has black leather and hard to see the difference, I will take a before/after pic of my tan leather in RX350
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