View Full Version : What product to use on these seats?

Sep 8th, 2004, 09:41 AM
I'm a bit frustrated...
I have embroidered seats that seem to be half leather
I want to condition my seats but I don't want the cleaner to eat away the stitching and I don't even think the dark gray part is real leather.
Which product would be best? :)
thanks :)

Sep 8th, 2004, 10:27 AM
~One man’s opinion / observations~

Since late ‘80s early ‘90s 80% of vehicle manufacturers have used covered leather for their interior upholstery. Its made from natural hides, but uniquely treated with a light pigmented urethane resin coating or a vinyl covering to make it more viable for automotive seating. It retains the softness of natural top-grain leather but resists fading in direct sunlight, leathers worst enemy

Spills wipe off with a moistened cloth, the urethane resin or the vinyl covering require oils to stop it from drying out (just like a paint system's clear coat) the leather also requires replacement of natural oils. Clean, condition and apply a UVR protection

Identifying characteristics- uniform colour and grain patterns; will not scratch easily; water drops will not change colour.

Cleaning- use a soft horse hair brush (Groit's Leather & Interior Brush) and/or a vacuum to remove any dust, apply a cleaning solution (Water /Woolite® or Dreft® 6:1 ratio or stronger) on to an applicator pad and apply to one area at a time (i.e. a seat back). To remove stubborn dirt or grime gently agitate the surface with a boar's hair cleaning brush (this will not harm the leather) then use a clean, damp Microfiber towel to rinse.

Product that contain a high concentration of solvents or alcohol should be avoided as they will degrade the leather upholstery stitching over time, causing it to fray and/or break. They will also cause the leather dye to fade and may eventually remove it, especially at wear points (side bolsters, arm rests, steering wheel, drivers seating surfaces)

The OEM manual may give you an indication of the type of leathers used.

~Hope this helps~

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justadumbarchitect / so I question everything/ Jon

Sep 8th, 2004, 01:12 PM
Thanks for your reply :)