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One Trick to Cleaning Leather

Old 01-27-2014
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One Trick to Cleaning Leather

Hey guys,
So a while back i was getting quite irritated trying to clean a customers steering wheel. Let me just say he had neglected his Lincoln for quite some time. Anyway, the steering wheel had black residue in the pores of the leather, and I wanted to find an easier way to deal with this rather than a small brush and degreaser. the answer was water. Hot water. it almost acts as a steam system. The reason why it works is because leather is like skin, in the fact that its porous, and can hold dirt and grime within itself, not on the surface like a lot of plastics. What the steam from the water does is opens up the pores, while the water washes in and cleans it out. Its a fairly simple process that doesnt really require a whole lot of hard work and it looks great. All you really need is a clean rag and a coffee maker. Just boil water, let it cool a little bit, throw on some gloves to prevent burning yourself, and get great results. Of course, after cleaning the steering wheel or leather, put some leather conditioner on, otherwise you allow the leather to be prone to hardening and cracking.
Old 03-13-2014
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Did this and yes it works well. For tougher stain you may use a All purpose cleaner to remove the stain.
Old 03-13-2014
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Good to know. I haven't owned a vehicle with leather until now and I would like it to stay looking good while I work out of it.
Old 03-16-2014
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Another good product is Pinnacle leather cleaner and conditioner. It works as a cleaner plus a conditioner in the same time. It smells good by the way.
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