Leather conditioner/cleaner/feed?

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    As above really, any ideas on the better products out there? I would
    like something that accentuates the leather smell as well?
    Thanks :)
     
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    Gliptone, leather cleaner and conditioner

    Chemical guys is pretty good also allbeit the cleaning power is not close to the above.....
     
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    Just a question on this subject. I've read that the leather in modern cars has a protective coating that acts as a barrier to leather conditioner.
    So I can see point of cleaning the leather, but is there any point in applying a conditioner as it won't be absorbed?

    FYI - I use Gtechniq Leather Guard to protect the seats etc. and it just needs a wipe with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking great.

    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/gtechniq-l1-ab-anti-bacterial-leather-guard
     
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    Ask 10 different people this question and you ll probably get 10 different answers , I just use a very mild APC Solution to wipe it down , and if I feel it needs conditioning I use Meguiars Leather Clean and Feed.
     
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    I’d suggest there’s definately benefits in conditioning leather possibly placebo effect though Merino (current) and Dakota (previous) have always benefited (previous Range Rover had Nappa, which I’m sure cracks if left unnorished)

    However the key is preparing and ensuring all the dirt is lifted, thereafter Matt sheen lustre finish is restored
    Fail to prep and clean, I’m guessing you condition the muck and spread it around to a beautiful shiney finish

    Any of the many cleansers and conditioners, have been beaten with a clean microfibre and steam mop, then a conditioner.....
    having tried the scrubbing brush and cleansers, I believe them be second only to steam.....

    ** You could always purchase a gliptone underseat Air freshner Matt for the real leather smell, however a bit potent during the first weeks.......
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys.. interesting that there are quite a few opinions. My leather is very good condition, no cracks or damage.. I might try a recommended conditioner then, I just don’t want to lose that lovely leather smell I get when I open the door :cheers:
     
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    @Singvogel can probably advise on this, his car always looks mint, even the engine bay. Think he uses AG products.

    Kev
     
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    Bobs also got the time to make his cars look mint....
    Yes I am jealous, but my ‘time’ will come... health permitting..


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    If the seats are in excellent condition, all you need is a product that will keep them that way.

    As Kev has said, I use mainly Autoglym stuff, and their offering called Leather Care Balm suits me - as all I want is to keep the leather supple while not losing the 'leather smell'.

    There is a whole plethora of other brands and products that aim to do all sorts of other things like restore the surface and clean away the effects of time - Gliptone is reckoned to be among the best.

    The parts that suffer most on sports seats are the bolsters - but the secret of keeping them looking good is to not wear jeans. :whistle:

    Another product i've used to good effect is an Italian cream called Crema Alpina which has an element of Beeswax in it.

    Crema Alpina.jpg

    Difficult to find, but it's often stocked in top brand shoe shops and leather goods stores.

    It's good for the odd little scuff or scrape and like the Autoglym needs only a buff up with a microfibre to restore the matt finish.

    Don't let folks of the female persuasion near it, as it will be requisitioned for treating handbags. :whistling: :whistle:
     
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    Excellent, sounds just what I’m after. I will have a look online. Luckily the leather is in really good condition, no tears, cracks or the usual signs of bolster wear. The leather smell is so nice, so something that maintains or accentuates that is the ideal..

    “Females..handbags” Spot on.. I know that’s exactly what my partner would do! :wink:
     
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    We have just had our 35 year old leather 3 piece returned after having some repairs completed.

    The work is fantastic , but it has also been cleaned to removed the polish applied over many years (supplied by the original leather producer)

    The upholster has recommend in future it is only cleaned with a damp cloth , absolutely no chemicals all. Clean frequently..
     
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    Many years ago we used a product called 'Hide Food' produced by the Connolly Leather company. We used it on a suite of Chesterfield settee and chairs, and I would occasionally do the leather seats in the car. Connolly supposedly make the best quality leather interiors on prestige cars, such as Rolls and Bentleys. It was good stuff, although I'm unsure whether it is suitable for the modern leathers in BMW's

    I see that it is still available at a price, although it is now called 'Hide Care', but I assume that it will be the same product.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CONNOLLY-HIDE-FOOD-C2S1643-/253537653652?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10
     
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    The "problem" these days, is that the vast majority of leather products are not produced like the original Connolly hides were, which was basically stained, and then treated with a leather "food" to keep the leather supple, which was the purpose of the Connolly hide food. Most leather now, is coated, which seals the surface, so in general using a hide food is a bit of a waste of time, as it wont be absorbed much. I too like the smell of leather (must be a man thing!), and the only polishes that I have found that give this smell, is Gliptone, and Zaino I agree about the comment about the under seat mats that Gliptone sell, they really are a bit overpowering for a while, but it much better when they have been in for a week or so.
     
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    Does seem to be the case the more I read, and the info you guys have provided. I have bought the Gliptone, so will give it a try.. Thanks :thumright:
     
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    Gliptone here too. Pears soap to clean and gliptone to care.
     
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