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Owners Manual says "Using...commercially available leather cleaners and conditioners

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ecarfan, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    On Page 23 of the Owners Manual it states:

    "Leather is prone to dye-transfer which can cause discoloration, particularly on light colored leather. White and tan leather is coated with an anti- soiling treatment. Wipe spills as soon as possible using a soft cloth moistened with warm water and non-detergent soap. Wipe gently in a circular motion. Then wipe dry using a soft, lint-free cloth. Using detergents or commercially available leather cleaners and conditioners is not recommended because they can discolor or dry out the leather."

    Seems to me that if we don't use leather conditioners the leather is going to dry out and crack. Comments?.
     
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    I don't see how a leather conditioner can cause the leather to dry out or crack.

    A cleaner might cause damage to the anti-soiling treatment though.
     
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    That would mean that Saddle soap is the only recommended treatment for the seats.
     
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    I have been using the griots leather care for 4 months. Looks brand new.
     
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    I've had bad experiences with leather "treatments" in the past... maybe because I was buying the wrong stuff, but for the past few years, I have just used a clean damp cloth to clean my leather interiors and have never had a problem. I am sticking with that on my Model S tan interior.
     
  6. ecarfan

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    Are you saying that because saddle soap is not a "detergent" type cleaner?

    Here's a link to a number of saddle soap products

    I realized I don't know what saddle soap is made of. According to Wikipedia "Saddle soap is a preparatory compound containing mild soap and softening ingredients such as neatsfoot oil, glycerin, and lanolin. It also contains beeswax to protect leather. It is used for cleaning, conditioning and softening leather, particularly that of saddles and other horse tack, hence its name. It is also commonly used for cleaning and conditioning leather footwear and leather camera cases. Regular cleaning of leather goods extends the lifespan and helps maintain good quality."

    Anyone tried using it on Model S seats?
     
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    I searched for non-detergent Soaps. The only ones that came up are Murphy's Soaps (flakes only) and Saddle Soaps. I could not find any other brands or products under this catagory!
     
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    I think that claim is to cover Tesla for those that would use something like an APC undiluted on the leather or some other harsh chemical that dries out the leather.

    Like others, I have used multiple products on the leather (mostly to try them out) and all the leather looks fantastic.

    Griot's Garage Leather Care
    Lexol 3-in-1 care
    Wolfgang leather care

    I have been using Swissvax leather cleaner, leather milk and elephant leather fat lately, and it looks fantastic and as new as it came.
     
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    You are so right. The Leather Institute recommends a clean damp cloth for routine maintenance as well.

    As I have pretty extensive experience with aftermarket leather products and leather finishing, the commercial products mentioned in this thread, including saddle soap, do more harm than good in the long run. The Leather Institute sells cleaning and finishing products that have been carefully tested. I highly recommend them.
     

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