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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Ivory leather seats

With 12 k miles i have noticed that my drivers leather light ivory seat has a wide streak of soil right by what would be ones belt line. Its weird because i wear t shirts and there is no contact with anything dark, like a black belt. So i have tried a bristle brush and leather cleaner to no avail.

Light ivory interior probably was not such a good choice but thats all that was avauilable on my 2011 Ruby Red pearl OB.

Any suggestions?? Besides using a seat cover. Anyone think its a warrenty issue?

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what leather cleaner are you using?


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I've used Lexol to clean and condition my seats. Unforunately the Lexol leather cleaner seems to be taking the dye off too. Let me know what you are using.

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I've used Lexol to clean and condition my seats. Unforunately the Lexol leather cleaner seems to be taking the dye off too. Let me know what you are using.
I did a test area and found the same thing. Though couldn't quite make out if it was pulling the color off or doing something else to it? I use the heavy cream type stuff less of a cleaner and more of a conditioner once a year. And have switched to a very light misting of cheapo Armerall on a clean soft rag then simply wipe them down. Two kids every time I do that the rag comes up filthy funny the seats didn't look that bad! but they clean up fine.

My take was that Lexol had something in it that was a little more harsh than just some generic oils.
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Assuming your leather has sufficient moisure and isn't dried out a warm damp sponge wipped on the seats followed by a dry cloth towel is all you need. If your seats have dried out you need to hydrate them with whatever good leather conditioner you prefer. I have not found any one much better than the others. Some conditioners will cause streaking.
I hydrate the seats- let them sit in the sun- wipe off any excess that doesn't soak in and then use the sponge.
The conditioner helps bring the dirt and crude to the top of the leather allowing removal with a damp cloth.
At least that is how I have done it on my BMWs for the last 15 years. Assuming these seats are similar it should work.

I am interested in how others clean their Outback seats since mine are Warm Ivory Leather too...
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Assuming your leather has sufficient moisure and isn't dried out a warm damp sponge wipped on the seats followed by a dry cloth towel is all you need. If your seats have dried out you need to hydrate them with whatever good leather conditioner you prefer. I have not found any one much better than the others. Some conditioners will cause streaking.
I hydrate the seats- let them sit in the sun- wipe off any excess that doesn't soak in and then use the sponge.
The conditioner helps bring the dirt and crude to the top of the leather allowing removal with a damp cloth.
At least that is how I have done it on my BMWs for the last 15 years. Assuming these seats are similar it should work.

I am interested in how others clean their Outback seats since mine are Warm Ivory Leather too...
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A lot of professional leather cleaners use a little bit of ivory and some warm water.... Followed by a clean damp rag, followed by another clean damp rag and then a dry one...

by a lot of companies i mean of the 5 times my parents had our Pink (love the early 90s) leather sofa cleaned, by all different companies, they did it the same way.....

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A lot of professional leather cleaners use a little bit of ivory and some warm water.... Followed by a clean damp rag, followed by another clean damp rag and then a dry one.....
Sounds like a good method . . but what Ivory product do they use . . . bar soap, laundry detergent, liquid . . or does it make any difference as long as it's an Ivory product.

I have the ivory leather seats and after 13,500 miles and 14 months they still look new but will use your suggestion to help keep them that way.

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Ivory dish soap. Classic
perfume free.
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Cleaned my V-dub before I sold it with Lexol and it literally made my some of my finger nails fall off. The chemical is entirely to strong for regular use. When I used to clean airplanes all we used on light colored leather was mild soap and hot water. A conditioner could be applied after but the actual cleaning process was with plain mild soap. The hot water did a remarkable job.

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