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      05-05-2007, 04:33 AM   #1
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Cleaning leather??

need some advice please..

the cream leather is looking dirty after nearly two months and 5.5k miles.

Bit pissed about it really considering i only wear clean clothes just on to go out in it?!

bought some cleaning stuff from a bm dealer, he didnt show much interest tho and didnt even come out and see the dirt/grime i was talking about so not that he cares if i fuck up the upholstery

how shall i go about cleaning them? i can spray this stuff on? but how much to spary? and what to scrub with?


thanks in advance

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      05-05-2007, 04:49 AM   #2
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Forget the stuffs from the dealers. Of all the cleaners I've used in the past, there's only one that really stands out, Gliptone Liquid Leather. The cleaner is very effective and the conditioner leaves the leather in a matt finished, smells like a new car too.

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If the dirt is too ingrained, you need to steam clean the leather. However, doing this too often you'll inevitably remove the leather colouring with it.

The E92 standard leather is really cheap sh*t compared to other cars. The leather is indurated, not smooth like nappa; hence, you get a mosiac appearance because of the dirt. Best thing is to clean it regularly, ie, after every time you drive the car ....... lol but no choice especially if you have a light coloured interior.
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cheers for the advice and link nick, will give it ago, and your right about the mosaic apperance, its proper pi$$ing me off..

how is the saddle brown for dirt?
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also nick what to scrub with??? a sponge?
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Saddle brown is ok so far, 3 months old and no problems with marking. I tend to give the seats a quick wipe with a damp chamois and its fine. Cream leather must be a nightmare.The demo car we took our test drive in had the cream leather and looked dirty even though it only had 13 miles on the clock.
Get plenty of positive comments on the saddle brown....
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Saddle is more hard wearing but still, you'll see the marks. Jade and Lemon are a nightmare from those that I've seen.

I use Meguires wipe down cloth.
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Zaino Z9/Z10 for the Leather if you can get it in UK

Most of the members here use that, and 303 Aerospace protectant for the vinyl dash.

And most of all, never trust the dealership
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lol at never trust the dealership, your right mate. They dont give two hoots about your car....
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I give mine a wipe (Lemon Dakota) twice a week with baby wipes...keeps it spotless. As Nick says, poor quality leather tho.
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To be honest, I think I would be more worried about the beige carpets rather than the leather - they must be really hard to keep clean. I went for the jade gray leather as that comes with dark carpets, but yeah jade and beige leather I guess are not the easiest to keep looking clean.
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You should have gone for the red leather, you don't see any dirt. cos you is always having to wear sunglasses!!
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When we had beige leather the carpets were more of job to keep clean. I ended up putting rubber mats over the top to help keep them clean.

The lemon we have now has kept fairly clean in 2K miles, we have only wiped it over once. The carpets being black are fine.

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Forget the stuffs from the dealers. Of all the cleaners I've used in the past, there's only one that really stands out, Gliptone Liquid Leather. The cleaner is very effective and the conditioner leaves the leather in a matt finished, smells like a new car too.

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Best stuff I've found yet aswell. Good for the sofa / shoes / handbags aswell etc etc (Her handbags! )
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My 2001/X e39 530d has 'pale yellow' leather, and it has worn really well. it still has a nice, soft, smooth feel to it (muggins here bought the Autoglym leather nourishing cream - expensive - but only use it annually; it's all it needs.)

In comparision, the 'citrus' (lemon?) Dakota leather in the e90 320d marks much, much, easier and needs regular attention, with a wipe or similar. Haven't "nourished" it yet (car's about six months old) - but you can tell the difference in quality in the leather - not a patch on that in e39.

The black carpets and trim (in both cars) helps, too; one of the reasons I got these shades, as opposed to tan/cream - I don't like beige dashboards...
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I have lemon leather which requires regular cleaning. having tried most products on the market, I find Mer Leather Cleaner & Conditioner the best for cleaning and Lexol the best for conditioning (it smells nice, too).
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