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Leather seats

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Rex, May 1, 2010.

  1. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Please excuse my ignorance, but...
    Is it necessary to clean the seats keep the leather supple?
    If so, what do recommend to use?

    Regards,
    Rex
     
  2. Sardine

    Sardine Copenworld Member

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    Hi Rex

    Direct sunshine will do the same to leather seats as it does to us, hardening the skin.

    Dilute neutral detergent for wool with a concentration of about 5% with water.
    Use a soft cloth dampened with the cleaner to clean the seats. Wipe off with another cloth with plain water.
    Wipe the seat dry with a soft dry cloth and let the seat finaly dry in the shade.

    Thats what my owners manual suggests. So if they turn black, swell up and explode ...Its their fault:D

    Regards,

    Sardine
     
  3. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Thanks Sardine,
    I appreciate you instructions are what the manual says, but....

    I'd had a little look around since I posted the question and it looks like the general consensus is not to use detergent and water as it drys the leather out.

    I searched on ebay for 'GLIPTONE LIQUID LEATHER'. There is a cleaner and separate conditioner. This seems to recommended in a few places, so I've sent off for some.

    I'll let you know how it goes.

    Rex.
     
  4. Sardine

    Sardine Copenworld Member

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    Sounds interesting. I have a tin of saddle soap but it`s prob`y overkill

    Sardine.
     
  5. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Just to let you know, I've cleaned and conditioned my seats and I'm very pleased with the results - especially with the new leather smell!! :D

    I'd recommend this guy on ebay: daytonapulse8. Find his 'shop' here Then look down the left hand side for 'leather treatments'

    I paid £8.95 + 2.95 for both cleaner and conditioner. Enough to last for years.

    Rex.
     
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