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Old 04-21-2008, 01:49 PM
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What do you guys (and dolls) use on a leather upholstery (98 Explorer) interior to keep it soft. Mine is getting firm and slick from heat, especially where skin touches it for long rides as in trips. I realize its getting old (10 yrs.) but the edges where its not touched by skin is still soft. thanks
P.S. the wife says that we have a leather recliner that the same way.

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If it's not a King Ranch, the Lexol cleaner and treatment seem to be the best and what I use on my leather seated '06 F350 Lariat. If it's a King Ranch, it takes a different treatment (much better grade leather and the way it was processed) - and supposedly the Ford stuff is about the best.

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What do you guy (and dolls) use on leather uposterior (98 Explorer) interior to keep it soft. Mine is getting firm and slick from heat, especially where skin touches it for long rides as in trips. I realize its getting old (10 yrs.) but the edges where its not touched by skin is still soft. thanks
P.S. the wife says that we have a leather recliner that the same way.
What you are experiencing is that body oils are collecting on your leather seats and recliner. When this happens, the leather can't breathe, the leather's pores are clogged, and it dries out. The two main areas this happens are where your head hits your chair and your car seats and on your recliner where your hands touch the arms as you sit, and also when you get out of the chair. If these oils are not removed periodically, the leather becomes hard and can eventually crack. (Vinyl can also be affected this way.) Good leather is very easy to maintain. All you need to do is wipe it with a damp cloth. The worst thing you can do is put things on it that clog the pores of the leather ( like mink oil, etc.) so it can't breathe. If you really need to clean and condition the leather, Lexol products are very good. Another thing to remember is that the only places on factory car seats and most furniture that are real leather are the seating areas, (what you sit on and what you touch regularly) The other parts are matching colored vinyl. Those vinyl areas can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution, and for badly soiled areas, you can clean it with Fantastic, Formula 409, Simple Green, or any other de-greaser type cleaner.
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What do you guys (and dolls) use on a leather upholstery (98 Explorer) interior to keep it soft. Mine is getting firm and slick from heat, especially where skin touches it for long rides as in trips. I realize its getting old (10 yrs.) but the edges where its not touched by skin is still soft. thanks
P.S. the wife says that we have a leather recliner that the same way.
There was no violation in your post, I just corrected the spelling of the word "upholstery"

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Old 04-21-2008, 08:23 PM
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Thanks Dan, Some times my tongue get over my eye teeth, and I can't what I tiring to say.
Doc told me to use the spell check at the bottom, but I did't take the time, sorry, I'll try to do better. Thanks
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No need to be sorry, that word just sticks out like a sore thumb to me when it's misspelled. Trust me, nobody knows how to spell it!
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leather treatment

ive been using lexol on my 99 z28 leather and its done well. its 2 steps, a cleaner and then a conditioner. its kept my leather soft over the years.
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For something that is readily available and does not require you to special order, Mequires Leather Conditioner is hard to beat IMO.

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Leather Only ! stuff works great, and no I'm not a sales rep.

www.leatheronlyproducts.com
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Leather Only ! stuff works great, and no I'm not a sales rep.

www.leatheronlyproducts.com
Even if you were a sales rep for the product, your recommendation for Leather Only was just fine. You would have had to say "you can buy it from me" and "here's my phone number" and listed it, or "here's my e-mail address" and listed it to be in violation of the rules.
It sounds like a good product. It's a little pricey, but it does three things in one step.
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Go to your local Harley Davidson shop. Tons of good stuff. The old school stuff thats multi step and take a lot longer time to do still work the BEST.
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