Best Leather Cleaner/Conditioner?

Discussion in 'Detailing & Truck Care' started by chrisdecker, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. chrisdecker

    chrisdecker New Member

    Just purchased a 2011 Silverado Crew Cab Z71 and I wanted to know what everyone uses to clean their leather? I don't want any sticky residue that will attract dirt or lint. Thank you for your suggestions!
     
  2. JnBama

    JnBama Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    Armour All Leather Conditioner is real good, used it on the interior of my Monte Carlo, don't have the car anymore so use it on my work boots:great:
     
  3. GMCErica

    GMCErica Rockstar 3 Years GMTC Chick 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    The two best ones that are rated the highest in consumer like, and that I have used on every car and truck I had since I was 19 are
    1) Simoniz Leather Care Cream ( I love this product) here is a link about it I found: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/products/products/210703/simoniz_leather_care_cream.html

    2) Meguiars GOLD CLASS RICH Leather Aloe Cleaner( the Aloe makes it so soft) its amazing.. Here is a link I found for you: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/products/products/210703/simoniz_leather_care_cream.html

    GOOD LUCK!! I use the Simoniz one for my Envoy SLT with heated seats... works great.. LOVE IT
     
  4. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Use what the Leather shops use Lexol or Saddle Soap.....
     
  5. grape2

    grape2 Member

    Eagle 1 leather conditioner
     
  6. Red Z71 Max

    Red Z71 Max Rockstar 3 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

  7. Dylan@Adams

    Dylan@Adams Member 100 Posts

    Theres actually a lot of misconceptions about leather products and what you need to care for an interior. The first thing is the fact that 99% of modern vehicles on the road (and every truck on this site likely) have coated leather, meaning you and the products you use actually never come into contact with any actual cow hide. The leather sits under a coating of urethane, typically tinted, and textured to hide imperfections.

    Why? Because only the very finest of cars get premium hides... we're talking cars like maybachs, rolls royces, etc. where the hides are from cows with flawless skins. They're raised in pens without trees or thorn bushes, they're kept separate so they can't scratch eachother up, etc. The rest of us get leather from cows that are, well, pretty beat up. The coating helps hides the nicks, scars, and other imperfections so the seat looks uniform.

    On top of that, most people won't care for raw leather properly, meaning massive warranty repair work for manufactures... for evidence of what untreated raw leather looks like check out a king ranch edition ford, or an old baseball glove. Over time the wear starts to make the material look uneven, dealers/car makers don't want to have to replace your seat every 6 months b/c of appearance issues. The urethane coating protects the leather and keeps it even looking. Its also the stuff that starts to show those creases and cracks on the bolsters over time.

    So all that being said you really don't need a 'leather specific' product. A lot of leather products on the market contain oils, and lanolin (animal fat) which is great for raw leather, but thanks to modern coated leather is completely unnecessary. What you do need is a product that provides protection to the surface against UV fade and other factors that it is susceptible to. So in reality all these products that claim to have special moisturizers, oils, lanolin, etc really aren't designed to be used on modern 'average' car interiors. The product never actually reaches the leather in order to 'condition' it in the first place.
     
  8. pmf608

    pmf608 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Well said. I personally use Sonus leather cleaner & their conditioner because they are designed to work for both natural and coated leather. Their products have the oils and such for the untreated leathers (should I ever come across a family member's vehicle with untreated leather that I'm conditioning, this is good to have) and they have polymers and such to keep the plastic coating on normal leather in good shape. I also like that it does both because that way it can help save the areas on my driver side bolster that have worn enough to expose the actual leather. This is the only product I have found so far that is designed for treated leather, and it works nicely without leaving any oils or residue on the seats.
     
  9. Dylan@Adams

    Dylan@Adams Member 100 Posts

    That was the same design philosophy we followed with our Leather & Interior Cleaner and Leather & Interior Conditioner... they both will work on coated and uncoated leather, we also recommend them for use on dashes, door panels, and any other 'hard' interior surface as those require much the same care as a coated leather does.
     
  10. Tdaz250

    Tdaz250 Rockstar 100 Posts

    Lemon pledge :p i've got some armor all leather cleaner and some meguires spray stuff...i just use whatever i see first in the cabinet that day pretty much
     

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