Anyone recommend and leather cleaner/protector?
Anyone recommend and leather cleaner/protector?
Gliptones mate.Quality product and what a smell!
Dr. Leather wipes....
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A lot of other companies today offering leather cleaning solutions typically offer two products that work in synergy, being (i) a leather cleaner and (ii) a leather conditioner. The hassle of applying the cleaner, with a special cloth, allowing time for the cleaner to work, before it can be cleaned off which is then rewarded by the rather odd fact that you have to recondition the leather in a secondary stage is really rather old school. In truth this situation is completely unnecessary in this day and age, particularly with modern day leathers. It really would appear to be a ploy by certain companies to sell twice as much product!!!! For this reason the wipes are clearly a winner.
But don't just take our word for it. Many detailing companies are now realising this and have began to move across to our product. They have fully understood and appreciated that the Dr Leather Leather Wipes product actually gives the following benefits: A far simpler, more time effective solution to the usual two-stage products, allowing the detailer to save money in a faster cleaning procedure and only having to control the need for a single all-in-one product. A genuine polymer formulation specific to the modern day leather coatings, and which specifically avoids the use of any silicone based materials. Easy to dispose of wipes, avoiding the need for multiple cleaning cloths, which require regular washing. The incorporation of the industry standard leather aroma as part of the polymer formulation for rejuvenating the leather to that brand new leather smell.
Found the Gliptone, might give that a whirl
I've had very good results with Gliptone Liquid Leather cleaner and conditioner products. They clean the leather beautifully, leaving a rich leather aroma and, best of all, no fake shinyness. Way way better than anything you can buy in the car shops.
Also, if your leather has any cracks or scuffs, they do an excellent product called Scuffmaster. It's a colour wash, matched to the exact shade of your leather (best if you can send them a tiny swatch of the leather) that you can paint on gradually to repair the damage.
Click here for their website. I cannot recommend them too highly.
EDIT: I somehow managed to only see your opening post, and none of the subsequent replies, before writing this. Still, it's good to know so many other people have the same opinion.
For an invisible and long lasting repair for scuffs/cracks ect, the leather would need too be slightly sanded, filled,recoloured and finished and I some cases depending on the area of the repair the grain pattern would be replocated ontop of the repair, so you would never know it was there. You wouldn't get anywhere near the same quality or finish of a repair using scuffmaster, for bust results it's always better getting a properly qualified leather technician to do the job.
Ordered some Gliptone today :)
Hi after reading this thread i am thinking about buying some Gliptone, But when it is applied does it not get stuck in-between the grains in the seat ?
Ordered yesterday, delivered today :)
Want to use it just to experience the smell people keep raving about, lol
Will this stuff be any good on my sofa's?
Adding 'conditioners' which generally contain oils and waxes will change the appearance of your leather over time as dirt will build up on the surface and cause a sheen.
Using the correct care methods and products will not alter the factory finish.
The type of leather you have is 'coated' leather. This is essentially a 'painted' leather
with a clear coat finish over the top. The leather may or may not be dyed through with
aniline dyes prior to the finish coating.
Essentially it is this top coating that needs looking after.
Cleaning is vitally important as the top coat will wear away if allowed to become dirty.
Dirt on the surface will also become ground into the finish by constant abrassion.
'Conditioners', balms, feeds etc (traditionally oil and wax based) cannot penetrate this
finish so are not worth applying - they can also leave behind residues on the finish which will only attract more dirt if allowed to remain. 'Conditioners' will not do any
protecting on leather even if they say they do as there will not be enough active
ingredient in them to do anything.
A protector will make the finish easier to clean and also inhibit dye transfer etc
on pale coloured leathers.
Leather however finished has to remain breathable and it will allow the movement of
moisture back and forth (transpiration) so the use of water based cleaners and
protectors will keep the leather correctly hydrated which is essentail to keeping it in
Leather needs a little regular care and attention and this can be done with a maintenance product rather than a deep clean which you would then only need to do once or twice a year depending on usage and colour.
You will find that detergent style cleaners will remove the protection applied so you would need to reprotect each time you clean.
Sorry about the long post guys, my aim is just to provide people with the best possible information to prolong the life and appearance of your leather, and also so people don't waste there money on products like conditioners. Cheers
I've got the gliptone stuff sitting at home and not too sure what the best way is to use it. Any suggestions?
Just follow the instructions on the website, worked for me
If one WAS to go for a full-on professional repair, would anyone have a company recommendation? I don't even know where to start. Is it something a general auto shop (Halfords etc) would do, and would they employ decent technicians, or is there a well-known professional alternative company in the UK?
I'm in Glasgow, FYI.
Doubt its something they offer.
Try some of the larger Dent Magic type places, as a lot offer seat and trim repair.
Though id probably try and find a specialist, so maybe try local leather trimmers, upholsters. Who do leather retrims, they will probably know some, or offer it themselves.
Car Upholsterers - Glasgow | Trim Line Car Trimmers
Came up on google.
I've read somewhere that Micro-fiber's can pull the Dye out of the leather?
The way i apply Gliptone is to make sure the car is nice and warm on the inside, Clean the seats with a damp cloth to make sure no dirt is in the stitching or creases then make sure the seats are dry.
I then apply the cleaner in small quantities making sure you get into all the creases/cracks & stitching, I then leave for 10 minutes and wipe off any residue.
Then for the conditioner apply liberally all over the seat again in the stitching, creases ect making sure it is all rubbed in. Leave the conditioner on for as-long as you can roughly overnight then wipe off any remaining conditioner.
Remember less is more.
The type of leather used in cars it a pigment leather (coated) essentially a painted leather with a clear coat finish on top,the leather may or may not have been dyed throughout with aniline dyes prior to the finish coating. As the leather has a painted finish and clear coat finish there is no dye present to come into contact with so using a clean micro-fiber cloth will not remove any finish or colour. Always remember to wipe leather not scrub.
As the leather has a clear coat finish on top there is no point whatsoever applying conditioner as I've already said," conditioners" will not penetrate the leathers clear coat finish so are not "conditioning" anything, now using a
protector will work with the leathers finish and act as a barrier therefore preventing soiling, dye transfer ect, from attacking the leathers finish making cleaning much easier while also protecting and prolonging the life of your leather.
So clean and wax?? Leatherwax that is
Buying some gliptone tomoz to sort my S3 interior. Any one recommend best way to apply the cleaner. I've read on a few diff sites people using all sorts of things from old sport socks to nail brush.
Mutton cloth will do you fine or a lint free cloth... work section by section (small areas) and use small overlapping circular motions. Each circle overlapping the other by no more than 1/4. It's time consuming but loves labour is worth while for a job well done.
I use a microfibres to apply, soft nail brush gently to agitate and a clean microfibres to remove the cleaner and then a microfibres to apply conditioner and then leave overnight to dry.