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2k13Wrangler 05-14-2013 08:43 PM

Cleaning leather steering wheel?
 
What do you guys use to clean it? I recently got back from a round trip 32 hour road trip and frankly my steering wheel just feels dirty/a bit oily. Any ideas of what to wipe it down with? My hands feel gross after driving since I've gotten back.

jkjeeper06 05-14-2013 09:01 PM

Soap and water. A lot of cleaners/conditioners leave a slight residue. With something you touch all the time, that may bother you like the grease. Soap and water comes right off

wcbardwell 05-15-2013 06:41 AM

Personally, I would stay away from soap and water... It may just be me, but I can't help but feel that repeated use of soap and water will lead to drying out down the road. Might I suggest Lexol? They sell a pH-balanced cleaner that comes highly recommended. You may want to even follow that up with a light coat of Lexol conditioner. Both can be found at your local auto parts store, Walmart, Target, or even some grocers carry it in their automotive section (My local grocers do anyway). Good luck and take care.

http://www.lexol.com/Category_leather.aspx

HRPinDC 05-15-2013 09:37 AM

Try Adam's Polishes. I got a complete auto detailing package from them, the products are awesome and Adam has been great to work with.

asianhulk 05-15-2013 09:42 AM

I have always used a damp cloth, but may try something for leather in the future

JKBrad 05-15-2013 12:14 PM

Saddle soap. Never use regular soap or detergent on leather.

SilverSport 05-15-2013 12:57 PM

Meguiars Rich Leather Wipes. Cleans and conditions. Unbelievable how much dirt accumulates on the steering wheel.

dawhitesJKU 05-15-2013 01:01 PM

water and dry rag....once dry, moisten it up with some leather cleaners.

mike1158 05-15-2013 01:04 PM

i'm glad this came up..i have a new Sahara (had it about 6 weeks) and i was thinking the other day that i like the feel of the "leather" wheel but i don't know how the material will hold up over time......
Do you think it's REAL leather?

SilverSport 05-15-2013 01:05 PM

I believe.

BacaraJKU 05-15-2013 01:05 PM

Always used lexol on my cars. Best stuff I can find without ordering online. I know it's a Jeep, but doesn't mean after it gets dirty i don't like to clean it the right way. Always looks brand new (inside and out) after a little fun. Call me crazy, but I love auto detailing.

bartlanz 05-15-2013 01:15 PM

I've always just used water on a clean rag or paper towel... Never had an issue on any of my cars...

Pipper99 05-15-2013 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HRPinDC (Post 3757411)
Try Adam's Polishes. I got a complete auto detailing package from them, the products are awesome and Adam has been great to work with.

I like Adam's, too. I've also used Lexol and Meguiar's, and I like both.

Adam's leather cleaner: Interior Cleaner | Car Leather Cleaner | Clean Auto Interior

Adam's leather conditioner: Leather Cleaner and Conditioner | Clean Auto Interior

NFRs2000NYC 05-15-2013 02:27 PM

You dont want to use soap and water on leather. What happens to most people that wash their hands with soap and water? It removes the oils and your hands dry out. Leather is an organic substance and should be treated as such. You can use a quality leather cleaner like Lexol, then condition it with lexol leather conditioner. Leave it to dry for a while.

2k13Wrangler 05-15-2013 08:22 PM

I don't know why I didn't think of saddle soap... Seeing as my entire family rides horses. I'll take a look at lexol also. Thanks guys. I like the idea of a cleaner and a conditioner.

JKVarnadoe 05-15-2013 08:32 PM

Lexol is a great product, I have been in the auto parts business for about 17 years and have seen different products come and go, I have used them all. Lexol has been very consistent and I use it on my F150 FX2 with black leather, and have already conditioned my red leather in my JKUR 10A. with it. I highly recommend it.

2five22 05-16-2013 01:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JKBrad (Post 3757919)
Saddle soap. Never use regular soap or detergent on leather.


This. To really clean leather, you have to use saddle soap first and not conditioners, creams, etc.

asianhulk 05-16-2013 01:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC (Post 3758415)
You dont want to use soap and water on leather. What happens to most people that wash their hands with soap and water? It removes the oils and your hands dry out. Leather is an organic substance and should be treated as such. You can use a quality leather cleaner like Lexol, then condition it with lexol leather conditioner. Leave it to dry for a while.

maybe add some lotion to the steering wheel afterwards? This helps out my dry cracked hands :p

Lusus_Naturae 05-16-2013 02:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3758060)
Meguiars Rich Leather Wipes. Cleans and conditions. Unbelievable how much dirt accumulates on the steering wheel.

X2 - Easy to keep a few in a ziplock in the console.

I have been using Lubriderm Advanced Therapy for extra dry skin since my hands cracked, I will say this, my steering wheel leather has visibly improved over winter. I had mentioned in a previous thread the leather was wrinkling and looking cracked, all of that is gone now. I really think the leather they used was a bad choice, as was how they treated it. The matte finish my steering wheel had was nice, now it's slightly shiny like satin paint and has a nice feel to it. Lotion probably wasn't the best idea to test this out with but it's worked. I haven't treated this wheel with anything else.


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