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Old 03-27-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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I Drive a 07 wrx limited and was wondering if anyone has any specific preferences when it comes to cleaning leather seats?
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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i have white leather in my camaro and i also horseback ride. if you can find a store that sells horse stuff, they will have leather cleaner in there cheaper than an auto store and it will work. i like Lexol cleaner when it comes to leather, cleans very well and conditions it. you can also order it off line like everyhting else now.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:10 AM   #3
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meguair's gold class leather cleaner/conditioner
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:25 AM   #4
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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I Drive a 07 wrx limited and was wondering if anyone has any specific preferences when it comes to cleaning leather seats?
Almost all leather in cars these days is finished/coated. Simply keeping those surfaces clean will go along a long way to helping them remain looking new (i.e. vacuuming and using something like a water dampened white cotton towel or mild interior cleaner). Dirt, sweat, clothing dyes, etc. can all cause problems so be mindful of that.

There are other good products but personally, I currently use Leather Masters. I use their cleaner with a horse hair brush for periodic deeper cleanings and their protection cream for (you guessed it) a little added protection. I'll do this ~ every 4 months or as needed. Obviously bits like the steering wheel, shifter, etc. may need more attention depending on your situation.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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i have white leather in my camaro and i also horseback ride. if you can find a store that sells horse stuff, they will have leather cleaner in there cheaper than an auto store and it will work. i like Lexol cleaner when it comes to leather, cleans very well and conditions it. you can also order it off line like everyhting else now.
Equestrian leather and the finished leather you'll find in most modern cars is not the same. .....and they require different care/products. Some products you can use on saddles can actually damage the urethane coating on finished leather. I would strongly advise against this.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #7
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tint, even the very light stuff like suntek hp50, will help maintain your leather. a lot of people don't think about that. you can get stuff that is almost invisible in terms of tint shade but will keep most of the UV radiation out and also cut down on the cabin heat.

anyway, this is what i use for light cleaning and conditioning of coated leather, even the hybrid materials used in econoboxes. it's also great for vinyl. it offers UV protection for all of your interior materials.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #8
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Been using Lexol cleaner and conditioner for years with no complaints. It keeps the leather like new.
I havent tried anything else though . . .
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:10 PM   #9
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Been using Lexol cleaner and conditioner for years with no complaints. It keeps the leather like new.
I havent tried anything else though . . .
Same here for the leather, and Lexol Vinylex on the plastics.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:45 PM   #10
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I spray on Optimum Power clean diluted 3:1 over all the leather scrub with a soft hand and nail brush and wipe dry with a microfiber I haven't found better results with anything else.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #11
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Lexol FTW. Regular leather, like a saddle or baseball mitt, isn't used in cars. it would turn crispy like a pig ear dog chew in a year. Its treated for UV resistance, etc. You need auto specific cleaner and conditioner. Lexol is the best for treated auto leather.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #14
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Lexol Cleaner and conditioner combo, all you need
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #15
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I used Lexol cleaner and conditioner in my 2002 Subaru's after-market leather for about 10 years and have been using it in my wife's 2008 Lexus for about 5 years. It does a great job with no ill effects. It is also very important to keep dirt and sand out of your stitching. I usually place my knee on the seat to spread out the seams on the seat when vacuuming to get this stuff out. If you leave it, the stitching eventually wears out.
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #16
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I use Meguair's gold class leather conditioner works well.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #17
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I went to the local tack store (horse saddles, etc) and purchased a product called Brick 4. It's a cleaner /conditioner. Overall, I thought it worked well. I did not experience this myself, but a few comments on the Internet indicated that it darkened lighter colored leather. Although the label indicates it will not darken leather. It was fairly inexpensive.
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