No offense, wasn't looking for a sales pitch. Does anyone else have any advice?
To minimize this from happening you might consider having Opti-Guard Leather installed. It was designed for this exact purpose. See the video I made about it below.
However, to clean your seats effectively and safely in the meantime, use the lightest cleaner possible and work your way up in strength as needed. Too many people pull out the big guns first and either damage their seats or scrub too hard and damage the stitching. Also realize the some blue dyes are permanent so you might only be able to lighten the stain. Know when to stop. If the following method does not work, just stop and either live with it or contact a certified IDA Professional in your area.
This is the order we professionally clean blue-jean dyed white Tesla seats:
Opti-Coat No Rinse diluted 255:1 (one ounce in 2 gallons of water)
Opti-Coat Fabric Clean and Protect straight from the bottle
Opti-Coat Power Clean diluted with 9 parts water.
With each step just dampen a microfiber towel with the product and scrub lightly, being mindful of the raised stitching on the side bolsters. Let the product do the work, not your muscles.
Those Opti products are only available from certified Opti installers or from the links I provided.
applied Gyon Q2 Leather Protector - seems to be working fine so far. I don't know how good my application was, but I was told by another detailer it's what they use.
Maybe I worded my response incorrectly, in no way was that a sales pitch because I do not make any money off you buying Opti products.No offense, wasn't looking for a sales pitch. Does anyone else have any advice?
I strongly recommend against using a Magic Eraser to clean your seats.However, I've heard that any Magic Eraser type sponge will do the job on that. (We've used with success on an occasional pen mark too.)
I strongly recommend against using a Magic Eraser to clean your seats.
The reason is because (as others have mentioned) is that the abrasive nature of melamine foam 9what the Magic Eraser is made of) makes it like a mild sandpaper. Sure it's great at cleaning things, but it does so by abrading off the surface. You will get away with this removing blue jean dye a few times, but you're' seriously shortening the lifespan of your seats.
I would just use Magic Eraser as a last resort if nothing else works. Just know that you're basically sanding off your seat material every time you use it.Interesting. Had not noticed any significant wear, but we only use it about once a year anyway, and only on spots where I've been careless with a pen.
We'll be on the lookout, just in case.
Thanks for the info.
I definitely recommend ceramic coating for light colored automotive interiors.Jason, what do you think of ceramic coating for vegan leather? I applied Gyon Q2 Leather Protector - seems to be working fine so far. I don't know how good my application was, but I was told by another detailer it's what they use.
Yes! Never use magic eraser on something that can scratch. Used that on a hardwood floor once...whoops.Clorox or Lysol wipes take the jean stains right off.
I would not recommend magic eraser, it is abrasive and will wear the seat material
I have those also, they look like stretch marks to me. I don't think it's a stain issue, but a wear issue. If anyone has a solution I'm open.I'll have to post pictures of what I've got happening to one of my seats. I'm guessing my wife wore something that transferred but the pattern is rather weird.
Baby wipes & automotive interior cleaning wipes didn't do a thing to it.
Magic eraser, along with barring my wife from wearing pants that have never been washed will be the last resort.
I have those also, they look like stretch marks to me. I don't think it's a stain issue, but a wear issue. If anyone has a solution I'm open.