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Leather care...how I do it. #4342454
02/28/17 08:42 PM
02/28/17 08:42 PM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Offline OP
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My car got the weekly detail today, and I chose to fully clean the seats this week. Here is how I do it.

I start off by mixing Woolite delicates with warm water in a concentration of anywhere from 1:6 to 1:10 (Woolite:water). You can vary the mixture as needed for more or less cleaning power.


Then apply directly to your brush of choice. I choose to use the $1 brushes available at Walmart, they are soft enough not to damage the leather coating and firm enough to get into the graining. Brushes are certainly the way to go when it comes to cleaning coated leather, I find that cloths just down allow you get down into the graining. Use a circular motion to agitate the leather then wipe up the excess with a clean cotton cloth.


I clean the front seats every 4-5 weeks or so to remove any body oils and dirt that falls into the cracks. This is before cleaning.


The leather should have a nice matte finish after cleaning.


Once the leather has been cleaned, I apply Aerospace 303. I chose this product as it is an excellent UV ray inhibitor and also helps prevent dye transfer. This is before 303 application...


And after. It does give off some sheen, but not glossy.


Also cleaned the steering wheel. I hate it when I see leather wrapped steering wheels that are so shiny from grease / lotion etc. Yuck!



The brush comes in handy when cleaning various crevices as well.


All done!


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342462
02/28/17 08:46 PM
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Looks like new!


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Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342470
02/28/17 08:51 PM
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Is that shiny, clear floormat protecting the normal ones?

Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: SatinSilver] #4342472
02/28/17 08:53 PM
02/28/17 08:53 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Is that shiny, clear floormat protecting the normal ones?


Yes. Its much easy to clean than scrubbing carpet. Just brush off once a week.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342481
02/28/17 08:57 PM
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Ahh gotcha. Is the dirty towel by the steering wheel all from cleaning the wheel or from all the seats, trim etc...? I thought my steering wheel was dirty but the towel didn't look too bad afterwards. Anyway nice job.

Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342483
02/28/17 08:59 PM
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Looks great!! Leather will way outlast cloth if properly taken care of.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342485
02/28/17 08:59 PM
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Or, you know, buy one of the hundred products made to actually prolong the life of leather. Woolite is definitely not designed for leather or car seats.

Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: SatinSilver] #4342488
02/28/17 09:02 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Ahh gotcha. Is the dirty towel by the steering wheel all from cleaning the wheel or from all the seats, trim etc...? I thought my steering wheel was dirty but the towel didn't look too bad afterwards. Anyway nice job.


No, its just a tan towel. I keep it in the car for various purposes. Today I used it to cover the instrument cluster since cleaning the steering wheel flings suds everywhere.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: horse123] #4342499
02/28/17 09:12 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: horse123
Or, you know, buy one of the hundred products made to actually prolong the life of leather. Woolite is definitely not designed for leather or car seats.


Most modern automotive leathers are coated in vinyl. Woolite delicates is very gentle, especially when diluted with water. It is also less expensive than a bottle of Lexol cleaner.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342501
02/28/17 09:14 PM
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Plus Cadillac used to state in the owner's manual to clean the leather with a Woolite/water mixture. You can always use distilled water with the Woolite.

Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342504
02/28/17 09:17 PM
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Looks good! I'll try this method out on the Avalon.

Have you thought of Husky Liners for the floors? I've got a set for my Sonata and absolutely love them. I put a set in my grandparent's Trailblazer and CR-V and my aunt's Avalon. They fit great and are very easy to clean. Amazing what your feet will drag in.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: Nick1994] #4342509
02/28/17 09:21 PM
02/28/17 09:21 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Looks good! I'll try this method out on the Avalon.

Have you thought of Husky Liners for the floors? I've got a set for my Sonata and absolutely love them. I put a set in my grandparent's Trailblazer and CR-V and my aunt's Avalon. They fit great and are very easy to clean. Amazing what your feet will drag in.


If those are the form fitting ones I wouldn't like them, they are too hard to remove. I am very careful not to track anything in so clean up is quick and easy. The cheap mats I have in there now slide out with ease. I do agree with you though, those form fitting liners do an excellent job at keeping the carpet clean.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: carviewsonic] #4342516
02/28/17 09:24 PM
02/28/17 09:24 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: carviewsonic
Looks like new!


Thanks, I wish they did. There are more wrinkles and hairline cracks in the topcoat than I'd like to see.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342532
02/28/17 09:32 PM
02/28/17 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: gregk24
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Looks good! I'll try this method out on the Avalon.

Have you thought of Husky Liners for the floors? I've got a set for my Sonata and absolutely love them. I put a set in my grandparent's Trailblazer and CR-V and my aunt's Avalon. They fit great and are very easy to clean. Amazing what your feet will drag in.


If those are the form fitting ones I wouldn't like them, they are too hard to remove. I am very careful not to track anything in so clean up is quick and easy. The cheap mats I have in there now slide out with ease. I do agree with you though, those form fitting liners do an excellent job at keeping the carpet clean.
Of the 4 cars I've put them in the last 2 months the only one that isn't a total breeze to take them in and out is the CR-V, but even that takes 6-7 seconds to remove one instead of 3-4. About $83 for the pair up front. $135 for my full set on my car.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Leather care...how I do it. [Re: gregk24] #4342535
02/28/17 09:32 PM
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It looks new, awesome job.

Question, can anything other than woolite be used? Similar replacement? Thanks


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