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I need some help cleaning my beige leather interior. Its pretty, but it can get ugly when dirty. I have tried some leather cleaners including VW dealer brand. I need the best possible cleaners b/c my front seats, arm rest etc. are beginning to look pretty bad. Also, what would be the best thing to use for the carpet? I would like to try anything before taking it in for an expensive shampooing.
 

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To clean my annoying tan leather, I first use hot water and pour a little bit of salt into a bucket it and mix it around. Then, with a sponge, I use the mixture to wipe my leather seats (I was told this both cleans and softens the leather from the dealtailer who did my tint for me). Then I dry it off (make sure to use cotton rags not anothing synthetic) and apply the leather cleaner.

I was a little skeptical at first but I can definitely say my leather cleaner works a lot better after I clean off my leather with warm salt water first.

For my tan carpets I decided to bust out the oxyclean and I used a little bit of that (it's really strong) and scrubbed it into the carpets lightly with a small handheld brush. Then I use dmy wt/dry vac and vacuumed it up and rinsed with warm water and vacuumed it again with the vacuume. Be carefor nto to saturate your carpets when you're doing this.

If I had a steam carpet cleaner then thsi woudl ahve been alot easier but my way worked pretty well and it got rid of all the nasty stains.

I hope this works for you :thumbup:
 

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Be sure to recognize what is leather in your car. Not everything you see and touch is leather inside. Only the steering wheel wrap, certain sections of the seat, E-brake... cofirm their location for a leath cleaner on a vinyl product is not favorable.

On my folks' 01 GLX I used Vinylex all the way around the interior. Just be sure to use sparingly on the steering wheel and especially seat.

Be sure to CLEAN the interior then TREAT/CONDITION. Like shampoo and conditioner.


I am going to steam clean my interior (all grey cloth) this summer. If you go steam cleaning route please let me now with a PM I would love to hear feedback.
 

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My wife has always recommended Murphy's oil soap for cleaning leather - her dad (and my wife) has ridden Goldwings for a lifetime and swears by it for all the leather on his bikes. The first time she cleaned the leather seats in my old car I was amazed at how good a job it did.
 

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The pro detailers use a 6:1 water / Woolite mix to clean leather. Spray it on a seat section and rub with a terry towel, use a toothbrush on stubborn areas. ( Preferably the wifes tooth brush ) Then treat with your favorite dressing ..

Cadillac and Lexus both recommend this mix.
 

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Thank you all for your input. I will definetly use some of your advice. In fact, I am thinking of a. using hot water and salt while spraying murphys oil on the seats, or just using the water and woolite mix (the 6:1 ratio, can u be a bit clearer on that please). Also where can i find murphy's oil - Home Depot! Thanx again!

PS. Does anyone actually know what is leather and what is vinyl on the seat in the passat?
 

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The parts your back and ass touch are leather. The headrests are leather. Everything else is vinyl/leatherette. Some say the map pockets on the back of the seat are leather. I've never looked, but why would they be? :???:
 

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GoldenPassat said:
Thank you all for your input. I will definetly use some of your advice. In fact, I am thinking of a. using hot water and salt while spraying murphys oil on the seats, or just using the water and woolite mix (the 6:1 ratio, can u be a bit clearer on that please). Also where can i find murphy's oil - Home Depot! Thanx again!

PS. Does anyone actually know what is leather and what is vinyl on the seat in the passat?
Mix 6 parts water to 1 part Woolite
 

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Thank you all for your input. I will definetly use some of your advice. In fact, I am thinking of a. using hot water and salt while spraying murphys oil on the seats, or just using the water and woolite mix (the 6:1 ratio, can u be a bit clearer on that please). Also where can i find murphy's oil - Home Depot! Thanx again!
Sweet good luck! 8)

P.S. For vinyl and plastic (interior and exterior) I use armoral vinyl cleaner... it works wonders :thumbup:
 

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I've been using Mother's brand leather cleaner/conditioner for years. I keep a bottle of cleaner in the trunk for emergencies, and I usually give it a thorough cleaning/conditioning once every 3-4 weeks.

 

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RichieV6 what do you use on your dash and trim? they look like new
 

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RichieV6 what do you use on your dash and trim? they look like new
Your basic original Armor-All protectant spray. I don't use it too much cuz it gets a little greasy after a while.

Thanks for the compliment!
 

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Lexol's leather shampoo and conditioners are widely used for many leathers, car interiors being just one of those uses. Check around for pricing, Pep Boys carries Lexol in the US at $9-$10 per half liter bottle, whereas non-car shops will generally have more reasonable pricing. For example,

http://www.nationalbridle.com/CategorySearch.asp?Category=5 - Lexol 1 liter bottles @ $9.25 each

There are quite a few boutique leather cleaners and conditioners priced at if-they're-enthusiasts-they'll-buy-it levels, but there hasn't been much evidence that they work miracles over Lexol, at 10x the cost.

By the way, Armor-all was mentioned...if you're using it, keep using it. The silicone oil isn't a good substitute for the vinyl's plasticizers - once you stop application, the vinyl may be prone to cracking. A bit more information at:

http://www.carcareonline.com/viewarticle.aspx?art=13

Lexol's Vinylex works well, leaving a surface with a slight sheen, but not oily or glossy.

Quite a bit of discussion of this at rec.autos.tech.

HTH,
Nikhil
 
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