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apexanimal
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:36 pm    Post subject: Cleaning advise wanted Reply with quote

not on the cruiser, but...

how do you all clean the steering wheel? it's getting gross, and i want to clean it thoroughly without getting it greasy or damaging the wheel itself... ideas, tips, products?


also... the seatbelt is gross to... how the hell am i supposed to clean that?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leather wheel? I use leather cleaner (without dressing), then maybe give a light wipe of dressing afterwards. Maybe.

Good cleaning tips on Autogeek.net and the Detailing for Dummies Facebook group.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And by light on the leather dressing, I spray on the cloth wipe wheel, wait a few to absorb then follow with a dry one to take off the extra. Seems to work well.

I get traces of make up on mine cause it transfers even after hand washing, so the cleaner maybe two passes with it followed by dressing as lightly as will get the job done.

Seatbelts, I would seek advice of the forums, since I would go APC cleaner on a cloth, and scrub. But they probably have advice better since color bleed and it wouldn't want to weaken the weave.

If they are really gross, replacements are not hard to install. winking

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use that wipe in a plastic jar, by arorm all ,
like a baby wipe almost but with cleaners on it, or portectant,
for the steering wheel i use the cleaner,


then leather protector

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i doubt honda put leather on the steering wheel since they cut cost corners everywhere else...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use saddle soap on all the car leather including the steering wheels, followed by leather conditioner. Used properly, nothing gets slick or slippery, just supple.

The woven belt material is nylon, so you'll want to treat is as you would clothing containing nylon. Diluted laundry detergent does a perfect job combined with a soft toothbrush (we've used it to clean baby vomit, and melted chocolate off the belts), and (believe it or not) baby wipes! Those things are perfect for cleaning up most anything inside the car except for glass and the dash.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

apexanimal wrote:
i doubt honda put leather on the steering wheel since they cut cost corners everywhere else...


Ya, you didn't specify what the vehicle was... winking

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome..... Mix according to instructions. Best all around cleaner I have used. Best part it's cheap. Don't see that everyday. I add a little liquied softner to give it a plesent smell. Dosent hurt the performance. Won't harm finishes or glass. In your case squirt some on, that has been premixed. Take a soft wet brush and scrub. Wipe dry. If leather rub with leather softner and protectant. If other Armourall or other protectant. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My snake oils for cleaning a steering wheel the first time.

Hydrogen peroxide on a rag. This will lift the "human residue.

Then simple green for the petroleum products from not washing after working on car parts.

Last any vinyl or leather treatment.

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