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Leather cleaning

Post by Prof J » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:35 pm


I pulled out a bottle of Turtlewax Leather Cleaner and Conditioner, and cleaned a spot on my leather pants. The pants have never been cleaned. First sprayed a liberal amount on, set a short time, and then did some good rubbing and re-applying the cleaner to the same spot. After a short time no more dirt was coming off.

Here's the result on a new cloth:



Then thought that was a pretty poor given the age of the pants and 'look'. Back to the garage and pulled out a bottle of Zymol, and repeated the process as with the Turtle product, different area of a clean cloth, but on the same spot cleaned by the Turtle product.



Meguiars cleaned up about the same as the Turtle product.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Burmashave » Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:40 am


Is the cleaner pulling up the dye in the leather? I actually have some leather cleaner (from the Leather Honey company) but never use it. I use baby wipes to clean my leathers. I look for the ones with the least amount of extra stuff in them.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Snakes709 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:24 am


I just spray some leather cleaner, let it soak in for abit, toss my suit into the bath tub with soap and conditioner in it. Scrub it, rinse it and let it air dry.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by SDH2Mike » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:40 am


Hot water with mild, minimal soap on microfiber scrub it up. Re-wipe (Rinse) with hot water let dry use a leather conditioner lotion. Skin is skin for the most part.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Prof J » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:28 am


Burmashave wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:40 am
Is the cleaner pulling up the dye in the leather? I actually have some leather cleaner (from the Leather Honey company) but never use it. I use baby wipes to clean my leathers. I look for the ones with the least amount of extra stuff in them.
Yes. First I've seen this.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Prof J » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:29 am


SDH2Mike wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:40 am
Hot water with mild, minimal soap on microfiber scrub it up. Re-wipe (Rinse) with hot water let dry use a leather conditioner lotion. Skin is skin for the most part.
Mike, I agree, I've got to do a different method. It's off a brown leather. Noticeable.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by turbodave » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:38 am


I use Motul cleaner which is specifically for Bike Leathers. The other leather cleaners are for different leathers. The tanning process for bike leathers is different than that of car seats and other leather goods.
Don't use the wrong cleaner conditioner.
The Motul one is great
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Prof J » Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:48 am


turbodave wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:38 am
I use Motul cleaner which is specifically for Bike Leathers. The other leather cleaners are for different leathers. The tanning process for bike leathers is different than that of car seats and other leather goods.
Don't use the wrong cleaner conditioner.
The Motul one is great
And use Motul for track leathers? I was just gifted a used set, that fits perfectly, and has white panels. Amazing they fit so well. Don't know if I'll ever do a track day again.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Vex » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:03 am


I honestly wear leathers almost constantly. Not usually a suit, but a two piece that connects, pucks and all. They are more comfortable to me most of the time.
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Re: Leather cleaning

Post by Prof J » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:53 pm


Vex wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:03 am
I honestly wear leathers almost constantly. Not usually a suit, but a two piece that connects, pucks and all. They are more comfortable to me most of the time.
I always wear leather pants, uppers change. First time for a full leather, and not convinced will use it unless I find a track. This is a used set and I just want a reasonable 'cleaning' inside, and out, from previous user/owner. So mild detergent, like dish soap, mild micro-fiber and then Motule seems reasonable.
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