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Old 01-26-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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Help: Problems keeping tan leather clean?

I love my interior (when it's clean) but that takes a LOT of hard work. I have tan interior/ leather inside my 330. does anyone else get this dark residue on your interior? i mostly get it on the door panel and arm rest? It's a non-smoker vehicle. My question is, what do you use to clean your tan interior?
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:17 PM   #2
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I love my interior (when it's clean) but that takes a LOT of hard work. I have tan interior/ leather inside my 330. does anyone else get this dark residue on your interior? i mostly get it on the door panel and arm rest? It's a non-smoker vehicle. My question is, what do you use to clean your tan interior?
I think most of us with lighter interiors suffer from this issue to some extent. Normally it's your driver seat that takes most of the wear and tear, so you may not have to clean and condition the entire interior when you see the dirt build up on the driver seat and/or door panel.

I personally use Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil followed by Leatherique Prestine Clean to clean and protect my leather. This usually cleans it really well and protects for a while. There are two very good articles on the DI Ask-A-Pro Blog that highlight Leatherique treatments... One is the general Leatherique Leather Care How-To and the other a more specific Leatherique Prestine Clean Product Review.

If you want more durable protection on the leather, you can look into products such as Optimum Protectant Plus or possibly seek a good professional detailer that installs Opti Guard Pro on interiors as that should last the longest.

Also, Meguiar's Quik Interior Detail is a good quick and safe interior cleaner, so it may be worth having a bottle.

For more info on maintaining leather and the interior, we have a good Interior Detailing Guide on our website.

Hope that helps!

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #3
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I just did my seats - Use Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner with a Leather Cleaning Brush, and then whatever conditioner you like - I used Auto Finesse Hide.

Here are my actual seats I did, note that they were in a Jetta, but you can see the amazing results I got:

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Old 07-27-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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Yet another vote for Leatherique! I used it on my E46 and just did my z4 yesterday and am really impressed. I was impressed using it on the E46 but my Z has the New England extended leather which I always thought was nice and soft... Well after using the leatherique for the first time I was blown away. It's much cleaner and more supple, all the dirt that I couldn't get out of the pores with Meguires came right out. Only bad thing is that it cleaned so well it lifted some dy from what I can only guess was a prior owners/dealers cheap attempt color match a few worn spots.

I have definitely learned that when it comes to car care, especially detailing and repair that skimping in order to save a few bucks is not smart. Magic erasers and such have their place but it's not scrubbing the leather in your car. Buy the right products and enjoy your vehicle much longer.


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