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Old 11-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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Best leather cleaner/conditioner

Hi there guys/girls,

I recently purchased my first car with full leather trim and was basically after advice as to what is the best leather cleaner/conditioner out there.

I've always had cloth and I've no idea where to start with leather!

What do you all recommend?
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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i have the gliptone twins,conditioner and cleaner.but gtechniq also have some very impressive cleaners.you will probably get better responses from more clued up people tomorrow afternoon/evening mate but search for gliptone and that should provide you with some info
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
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Keep your leather clean by protecting it with a leather protector and then regular cleaning.
Adding 'conditioners' which generally contain oils and waxes will change the appearance of your leather over time as dirt will build up on the surface and cause a sheen.

Using the correct care methods and products will not alter the factory finish.

The type of leather you have is 'coated' leather. This is essentially a 'painted' leather
with a clear coat finish over the top. The leather may or may not be dyed through with
aniline dyes prior to the finish coating.

Essentially it is this top coating that needs looking after.
Cleaning is vitally important as the top coat will wear away if allowed to become dirty.
Dirt on the surface will also become ground into the finish by constant abrassion.

'Conditioners', balms, feeds etc (traditionally oil and wax based) cannot penetrate this
finish so are not worth applying - they can also leave behind residues on the finish which will only attract more dirt if allowed to remain. 'Conditioners' will not do any
protecting on leather even if they say they do as there will not be enough active
ingredient in them to do anything.

A protector will make the finish easier to clean and also inhibit dye transfer etc
on pale coloured leathers.

Leather however finished has to remain breathable and it will allow the movement of
moisture back and forth (transpiration) so the use of water based cleaners and
protectors will keep the leather correctly hydrated which is essentail to keeping it in
good condition.

Leather needs a little regular care and attention and this can be done with a maintenance product rather than a deep clean which you would then only need to do once or twice a year depending on usage and colour.

The routine for correct care should be

Protect from new Auto Ultra Protect
Maintain with a regular clean or maintenance product Auto Ultra MaintainDeep clean with a foam cleaner once or twice a year Auto Ultra Foam

Simple steps of cleaning & protecting will prolong the life of the finish on the leather

Download your free Car Care Leaflet
Hope this helps
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Our cleaner is specifically developed to maintain the matt look of your leather. Plenty of write ups, a couple of which can be found here:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=236055

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=233945

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I would suggest keeping the leathers clean on a regular basis.

I've used Gliptone Leather Cleaner GT15 and Dr leather Wipes for my Audi A4 interior with great success.

For leather protection after cleaning, I use Gtechniq L1 - leather guard for protection against UV rays, dye transfer, friction and staining.

In the past, I've used Gliptone Leather Conditioner to re-introduce the leather smell, but now I use an aroma pad instead.

Hope that helps.
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Old 13-04-2012, 05:16 PM   #6
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Hello there,

We offer a range of products for leather, we currently have a offer on our leather care kit which comprises of leather cleaner and leather protection cream.Which Cleans, Feeds, Protects & re-instates the smell back into the leather. The Leather Care Kit is a two part leather cleaning kit designed to clean, condition & protect all items of leather. The kit comprises of;
Leather Ultra Clean
A safe to use, gentle leather cleaner capable of removing even the toughest of stains from leather. Cleaning with a sponge to create a foaming action it gets into the grain and lift out dirt easily.

Leather Protection Cream
After cleaning the leather it is necessary to condition it. This product not only feeds and conditions leather but will add a protective layer that repels stains and helps prevent wear and tear. Infused with a luxurious leather aroma the protection cream also re-instates the smell back into old & new leather.

Sponge & Cloth
Cleaning sponge to gently clean leather and a soft cloth to apply the Leather Protection Cream with.

We also offer leather wipes to be used with the leather cleaner. Please follow the links below:

http://furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather...p#!prettyPhoto
http://furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather_Wipes.php

If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Keep your leather clean by protecting it with a leather protector and then regular cleaning.
Adding 'conditioners' which generally contain oils and waxes will change the appearance of your leather over time as dirt will build up on the surface and cause a sheen.

Using the correct care methods and products will not alter the factory finish.

The type of leather you have is 'coated' leather. This is essentially a 'painted' leather
with a clear coat finish over the top. The leather may or may not be dyed through with
aniline dyes prior to the finish coating.

Essentially it is this top coating that needs looking after.
Cleaning is vitally important as the top coat will wear away if allowed to become dirty.
Dirt on the surface will also become ground into the finish by constant abrassion.

'Conditioners', balms, feeds etc (traditionally oil and wax based) cannot penetrate this
finish so are not worth applying - they can also leave behind residues on the finish which will only attract more dirt if allowed to remain. 'Conditioners' will not do any
protecting on leather even if they say they do as there will not be enough active
ingredient in them to do anything.

A protector will make the finish easier to clean and also inhibit dye transfer etc
on pale coloured leathers.

Leather however finished has to remain breathable and it will allow the movement of
moisture back and forth (transpiration) so the use of water based cleaners and
protectors will keep the leather correctly hydrated which is essentail to keeping it in
good condition.

Leather needs a little regular care and attention and this can be done with a maintenance product rather than a deep clean which you would then only need to do once or twice a year depending on usage and colour.

The routine for correct care should be

Protect from new Auto Ultra Protect
Maintain with a regular clean or maintenance product Auto Ultra MaintainDeep clean with a foam cleaner once or twice a year Auto Ultra Foam

Simple steps of cleaning & protecting will prolong the life of the finish on the leather

Download your free Car Care Leaflet
Hope this helps
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Great piece of information thanks Judy.
I have just been on your website before opening this page.

I have a nice matt finish to my full leather interior and want to keep it that way.
Car is only 1yr old, thinking I should probably use LTT AUTO ULTRA MAINTAIN?
I'm hoping it will keep the matt finish and not introduce any shine to it?

Thanks
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Shine is usually due to the build up of dirt on the leather which then becomes 'polished' by constant abrasion. This can also be exacerbated by the use of incorrect care products that attract more dirt.
Keeping the leather clean is all important to prevent this from happening. Using Auto ultra Maintain will not alter the appearance of the leather in any way but using it in conjunction with Auto Ultra Protect will help with keeping it clean and in good condition.
Hope this helps
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Dr Leather wipes

Quick & easy to use and very effective for maintaing your leather

Highly recomend
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LTT say don't condition & Furniture Clinic say must condition. Are we conditioning or not.
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