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Cleaning Leather/Cloth Interiors



  • I'm about to pull the triger on a 07 Honda EXL V-6 Accord and am wondering if I should go with Gray or Ivory Leather for the interior?? I've never had leather in a vehicle before and LOVE the look of the ivory, but am afraid it won't be practical?? Any thoughts, thanks!
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Go with whatever makes you happy. Personally, I much prefer gray over ivory... the darker, the better for me. However, if you "LOVE" the ivory, go for it. There are many products on the market for protecting and cleaning the leather so don't let that be a concern. Don't you want to be happy every time you climb inside? :)

    What color is the outside?
  • I can't agree with you more. So I will be driving my Honda this thursday that is glack with ivory leather interior. I figure I'm pretty safe as it will be garage kept, no kids, just a dog - no bigee as I can cover the seats.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Great... Congrats! You will love the car.
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    There is a 2004 Jeep Liberty in my fleet. The driver was a heavy chain smoker and the cloth interior completely reeks of cigarette smoke. Does anyone have any good ideas as to how to minimize the smoke smell before sending off to auction or selling privately?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I'm sure you would want to clean all the cloth, carpet, headliner, etc. first. Then you might try this product: Odor Absorber Tub

    I've never used it but you can call their 800 number and see what they say. Their Interior Cleaner is great.
  • Try They have tons of Oldsmobile accessories. I've used them in the past, and was always happy with their products.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Wow! That post is over three years old. I wonder if he still has the car. :D
  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    Hello there. I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer SE with a combination of Alcantara fabric and vinyl sides. I've look for Alcantara cleaners but no luck. All other products will damage Alcantara. What can i use? Thanks!!!!
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I've never heard of Alcantara but a quick search gave me this:

    There is a section that talks about maintenance and stain removal. You can read my previous posts about my favorite interior cleaner. I have no idea if it will damage the Alcantara but you can call and find out.
  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    Thanks alot for the link. Very good. Yeah Alcantara is used on some luxury vehicles and high performance cars like Mitsubishi Evolution for example. It came on the Special Edition version on the 06 Lancer. I used a damp clean towel and let it dry. I though i had to use some special cleaner.... since Alcantara is suede like, cleaners like Tuff Stuff will damage Alcantara/Suede fabrics.
  • gmar2gmar2 Posts: 3
    I have a 01 Expedtion with cloth seats. I have water stains on them, mostly from rain when the door is open. I have tried all kinds of cleaners but nothing works. I talked to a Ford dealer and they admitted they have a problem with water stains on cloth seats. Has anyone run across this and removed the stains? Thanks for the help.
  • Hi, I just bought a '07 Santa Fe SE AWD with light gray cloth interior. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how "light" the gray on the seats and carpet was until I brought it home. I don't have kids or pets, but I still eat, drink, etc in my car and am bound to drop or spill something several times while I own this car. Thus, I've come up with a few ideas about how to approach this. If anyone has any information, ideas or recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated.

    1) Buying a can of scotch guard and spraying seats, carpets, and all parts of my cloth interior (I've actually already done this, but the question is whether I need to do something more).

    2) Going to the dealer and having them apply a fabric protector It has a 5 yr warranty; if there is a stain that I can't remove, they will either get it out or replace the fabric as necessary. This basically sounds like an insurance policy to me. And, frankly, it would buy me piece of mind to spill and drop as much as I wanted. I've talked to people at 3 different dealers and have gotten quotes between $300 - $500. They each offer a different product: Xzilon, Resistol, and another. So basically, my question is: should I do this, if so, what are the best products and what's a good price?

    3) Re-dye the cloth and carpet a darker (charcoal gray) color. Is this possible? Does anyone know if this works? I would really like the seats to be darker. It seems like it would make things a lot easier.

    4) Getting seat covers - I have side air bags and Hyundai does not recommend that I cover the seats. I have found places that make custom seat covers and claim that they are compatible with airbags, but Hyundai recommended not to do it and it may not be a good idea to play around with something like that.

    Thanks much for any thoughts, ideas or comments :)
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I think the Scotch Guard was a good idea but I haven't used it in years so I can't say. I thought they had to reformulate it a few years ago.

    I've never heard anyone say the dealer fabric protectant is a good investment, except for the dealers, of course. ;)

    I have no idea about dying it a darker shade. You are far braver than me if you choose to go this route.

    I've heard about the danger with seat covers. I guess you would have to see what they cover so that you would know if the air bag was available to deploy.

    I may sound like a broken record to some, but you can search past messages from me here about how great the Interior Cleaner from Griot's Garage is. My son drives my old 95 Accord with the tan/beige interior and I was amazed how well this stuff works. You have to use the brush on tough stains (you can buy a kit that includes one but you can use any brush) and I haven't found too many stains that it can't get out... in fact, none on my Accord but a friend who NEVER cleaned her minivan had a couple that were very tough. :)
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  • I have the very same question -- am about to buy a Rav4 and don't want to spend $1500+ on leather just to avoid stains. Did you ever get a satisfactory answer to your question? Can you offer any recommendations on where to look for seat covers and what kind make sense (safety, comfort, aesthetics, etc.)?
  • Hello all,I might be in the wrong place but i was wondering if anybody could tell me if there is a company that makes exact replicas of original seat covers for cars any help is greatly appreciated thank you
  • Not sure about exact replicas, but CoverKing makes a number of different seat covers. I understand from my dealer that the Rav4 (and perhaps many other cars) have airbags inside the seats and that one has to be very careful about selecting covers that don't interfere with the deployment of the airbags.
  • thanks 4 replying if this helps its a 93 ford thunderbird and i like the original interior very much plus the back seat is perfect so i would really like exact copies if possible thanks again tho
  • ahightowerahightower DFWPosts: 461
    You might just have to check out some junk yards.
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