How do you clean your leather interior?

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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by Welly » Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:10 pm

I didn't know about this 'fake' top coat but it makes sense now. I've been 'feeding' my seats with Gliptone conditioner but it does nothing reading this?

I have got a proper leather brush but what's the best all round APC product? (All Purpose Cleaner).

So we're saying 'clean' but do not apply conditioners?
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by fattail95 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:15 pm

The best APC at the moment is without doubt Autosmart G101, diluted at 1:20 for leather cleaning. Use a dedicated leather cleaner first to remove any dirt, using APC only for sections that are heavily soiled. I personally use ValetPRO brushes on leather as they are very gently but allow you to work up a lather which is very effective for removing ingrained dirt. On automotive leather, there is no "feeding" as such, the term conditioner really is very misleading - it wont make it any more supple, the only thing it can do is provide UV protection to prevent the leather from being sun damaged.
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by Welly » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:11 pm

Cheers for the advice, how about carpet cleaning? you know the awkward to reach bits like next to the clutch pedal and the bits where rear passengers get in/out (the bits you can't get with a machine).
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:38 pm

A machine? You clean your carpets with some sort of machine? :shock:

I think most of us will use a vacuum cleaner...
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by fattail95 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:24 pm

Welly wrote:Cheers for the advice, how about carpet cleaning? you know the awkward to reach bits like next to the clutch pedal and the bits where rear passengers get in/out (the bits you can't get with a machine).
Being a bit OCD with my cleaning, whenever I get a new car I unbolt all the seats and do a thorough wet vac to remove all dirt from the carpet, then once all back together I use a fine crevice tool attachment for my hoover. Keeps my carpets looking jet black and brand new.
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by GingerMagic » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:37 am

fattail95 wrote:The best APC at the moment is without doubt Autosmart G101, diluted at 1:20 for leather cleaning. Use a dedicated leather cleaner first to remove any dirt, using APC only for sections that are heavily soiled. I personally use ValetPRO brushes on leather as they are very gently but allow you to work up a lather which is very effective for removing ingrained dirt. On automotive leather, there is no "feeding" as such, the term conditioner really is very misleading - it wont make it any more supple, the only thing it can do is provide UV protection to prevent the leather from being sun damaged.
Thanks Benjamin, I will get a litre of that APC from t'bay - but those brushes are a bit on the steep side for me, can I use a normal leather shoe brush...??

I do have some detailing brushes for the hard to reach places so I may use that instead.
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Re: How do you clean your leather interior?

Post by fattail95 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:09 pm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321114285388? ... 26_rdc%3D1

That's the brush I use, £3.29 delivered :) a leather shoe brush I'd advise against, all G101 needs is gentle agitation into a lather (the lather is key) which will lift the dirt free from the surface.
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