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#1 2011-03-28 08:14:55

GP2001
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Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Hey guys, so it looks like I am finally going to be in a 9-2x by the end of the week if all goes well with a pending sale!! banana The leather seats are a little bit dirty, primarily the driver one, and I was wondering what product you found to be best for cleaning and conditioning for these seats. I know all cars leather is different, so I thought this would be a good place to check. One person mentioned that he had a friend with white leather in a BMW and the only thing that made a big difference for him was Mr.Clean magic erase, anyone used or heard of this?

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#2 2011-03-28 09:28:07

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I used the magic eraser on the walls of my old house before I moved out.  I don't think it would be a good idea to use it on your seats.

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#3 2011-03-28 09:37:11

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I used Lexol leather cleaner on mine and I was not overly impressed. It did glean a good bit of the dirt off, but the previous owner had a kid and a dog so I think a soft brush + some other stronger leather cleaner is in order for me.

The Mr. Clean magic eraser is mildly abrasive, Id avoid that suggestion.

The Lexol leather conditioner on the other hand worked very well for me as far as conditioning goes.

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#4 2011-03-28 09:45:04

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I needz to clean my seats some day soon, too.

My concern with the Magic Eraser is it might get them clean , but it might also strip the finish off the leather.   eek

I'm going to try milder stuff first,


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#5 2011-03-28 09:51:23

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I have the solution; trade me for my cloth seats.   spider

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#6 2011-03-28 09:59:53

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

With summer coming, you may get someone to actually trade you

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#7 2011-03-28 10:12:56

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Yeah, leather seats suck for summer.  Get a nice set of cool, clean, cloth seats and keep your butt and back dry.  checkmark

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#8 2011-03-28 10:21:54

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I've used the magic eraser....just take your time, scrub lightly with plenty of water, pat dry and use plenty of conditioner afterward.  Literally, they looked new afterward.  This, ironically, was in my old immer as well.

Leatherique is all I used afterward as there was no need for the abrasive any longer.  Expensive, but incredible


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#9 2011-03-28 10:43:26

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

tlow98 wrote:

I've used the magic eraser....just take your time, scrub lightly with plenty of water, pat dry and use plenty of conditioner afterward.  Literally, they looked new afterward.  This, ironically, was in my old immer as well.

Leatherique is all I used afterward as there was no need for the abrasive any longer.  Expensive, but incredible

That's kinda what I was considering.  I'd still like to try the mild stuff first, but this might be what I end up doing.


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#10 2011-03-28 10:45:46

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

thymighty wrote:

I have the solution; trade me for my cloth seats.   spider

Yeah, and the airbag will probably ass-plode right into the side of my head while I'm trying to get the seat out...   lol


I still think the leather will be way easier to clean than the cloth, so, no deal... smile


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#11 2011-03-28 15:45:57

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I've used a magic eraser two or three times now, and it's amazing.  The difference between the cleaned sections and the dirty sections is striking.  I wouldn't do it on a regular basis, and I definitely put leather conditioner on afterward, but I don't think that they do any major damage to the fabric.   up


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#12 2011-03-28 15:51:11

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Other suggestions here:

http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=18261&p=1

My leather still has the little wrinkles in the surface, which leads me to believe that the magic erasers aren't damaging the surface much...if at all.  If you're neurotic about keeping the seats clean, I'd do a periodic wipe down with regular cleaner and a towel, and just use the magic eraser once a year or so.


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#13 2011-03-28 15:52:59

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Well since you guys have tried and tested, I'll give it a go tonight with the magic eraser. I just so happen to have a new one at home and my seats are driving me crazy

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#14 2011-03-28 16:15:18

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

This is the only Leather cleaner that I found that really works.  The only drawback that if you use it too much, it strips off the finish on the leather.

I also tried the magic eraser, but this Griots Leather Cleaner worked better.  Just use it once in a while or (like I said) it will strip the off the finish on the leather (don't ask me how I know).

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/car … amp;page=1

http://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/GriotsGarage/11082_FAM?$detail$

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#15 2011-03-28 16:41:25

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

arrow-up just put in an order for a bottle.  with warmer weather quicly coming, it's about time i give the seats a good cleaning.


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#16 2011-03-28 16:45:47

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I use Lexol products (cheapest place to get them is at tack shops, they seem to jack up the prices (you get less for the same price) for automotive sale) with great success on the Audi/VW products in the stable.  Since the Saabaru is a clothy, I use a combination of TuffStuff following ALL of the directions (for wholesale cleaning), the Magic Eraser (for touch up), and Scotchgard on the seats.  FWIW, the way that Magic Eraser's work (sort of work the way that clay bars do for paint, but the Eraser's are consumed in the process, unlike clay) I doubt they will remove a leather's finish.


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#17 2011-03-28 21:41:29

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Thanks for all the responses guys. Looks like since several of you had good luck with the Mr.Clean magic eraser I will give that stuff a shot, and just use a very tiny bit at first to be safe. I'll make sure I follow up with a good leather conditioner after. I used to use one of the Meguiars products on my LGT seats and it always worked really well.

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#18 2011-03-29 00:00:57

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I was just talking to a guy at work tonight about cleaning leather seats. He was saying that he puts some kind of cleaner(didn't mention the brand) on the seats, and lets it soak in for a few hours while getting the car pretty hot inside(either having it sit in the sun, or jacking up the heat). He then cleans that off with a damp cloth. After that he puts on leather conditioner, where he also lets that sit for a few hours before wiping it off. It sounds to me like a bit of over kill on the time frame, but I figured I would throw it out there.

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#19 2011-03-29 00:15:22

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

i heard of woolite n water workin. i used this http://bluemagicusa.com/index.php/blue_ … ter_22_oz/ a few times to clean vinyl and i sed it on my buddys seats and it worked real well.


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#20 2011-03-29 10:52:25

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

yawnoCmai wrote:

I was just talking to a guy at work tonight about cleaning leather seats. He was saying that he puts some kind of cleaner(didn't mention the brand) on the seats, and lets it soak in for a few hours while getting the car pretty hot inside(either having it sit in the sun, or jacking up the heat). He then cleans that off with a damp cloth. After that he puts on leather conditioner, where he also lets that sit for a few hours before wiping it off. It sounds to me like a bit of over kill on the time frame, but I figured I would throw it out there.

I would do the conditioner for an hour or so (if it soaks in a completely in less than 1/2 hour, you'll need to re-apply, that means the leather is really dry), but the cleaner?  I think not. Sounds like the ticket for stripping out the oils needed to help maintain the old cows. Oh, and I use the seat heaters to help


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#21 2011-03-29 11:16:48

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I have also used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to great success. The key is applying a GOOD QUALITY leather conditioner afterward.


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#22 2011-03-29 11:44:42

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

Scargo wrote:

yawnoCmai wrote:

I was just talking to a guy at work tonight about cleaning leather seats. He was saying that he puts some kind of cleaner(didn't mention the brand) on the seats, and lets it soak in for a few hours while getting the car pretty hot inside(either having it sit in the sun, or jacking up the heat). He then cleans that off with a damp cloth. After that he puts on leather conditioner, where he also lets that sit for a few hours before wiping it off. It sounds to me like a bit of over kill on the time frame, but I figured I would throw it out there.

I would do the conditioner for an hour or so (if it soaks in a completely in less than 1/2 hour, you'll need to re-apply, that means the leather is really dry), but the cleaner?  I think not. Sounds like the ticket for stripping out the oils needed to help maintain the old cows. Oh, and I use the seat heaters to help

Scargo has it right.  The good, high quality, leather cleaners (leatherique) do it the opposite way.  The conditioning oil soaks in and brings the dirt to the surface.  This soaking process works best when subjected to a closed car in the summer sun for at least a day.  You can continually apply oil throughout the day as they soak it up.  you'd be shocked how much they absorb. Then you go over the seats lightly with the cleaning agent at the very end.  I did the magic eraser as the very first step as to open the pores to the leather.  helped to speed absorption and take off any large dirt particles.  then massage in the oil with your bare hands.


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#23 2011-03-29 12:18:55

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

I want to talk about how I clean my leathers too.  unamused

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#24 2011-03-29 12:32:26

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

thymighty wrote:

I want to talk about how I clean my leathers too.  unamused

For the record I'm glad i don't have to do it.  I Just spot clean and scotch guard.  I thought leather was nice, but now that it comes in Civics it makes me wonder if it's really an upgrade.  I wanted leather in this car but after seeing it in person I don't have to have it.  It's typical jap (easy huck finn) leather, nothing to write home about.  Patterned Aero cloth is sufficiently interesting, imo.  Maybe I'm jsut happy for the change.

That won't change the fact that girls like leather roll , but I'd prefer my M with sport cloth anyday.


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#25 2011-03-29 12:52:10

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Re: Cleaning 9-2x Leather Seats

tlow98 wrote:

then massage in the oil with your bare hands.

mmmmm....sexytime

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