Leather Care

I had new leather seat covers installed in my 95 convert. What would be a good leather care product? Thanks

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Tom wrote:

At the risk of starting another 'food fight' like we had with Dawn:
Verts pose special problems (UV, tree pollen, dust, precip and sweat.) Stick with the suggestions in the owner's manual. Damp cloth, maybe with mild soap or saddle soap, no detergents and sparing use of the GM solvent based cleaner if you get a grease smear on the leather. I'd add vacuuming and a damp wipe down each time the car is washed.
Over the years, I've had poor results from different commercial leather cleaners/dressings. I think most have contained silicones. In the short term these provide a quick "look-good." Over the long-term, I think they dry the leather and cause cracking. My C4 ('89...61K miles) is showing that type of cracking and I believe that the prior owner was a leather dressing nut.
My '02 is getting the owner's manual treatment -- at 5+ years of age the leather is still supple and shows some burnishing from my wearing cotton-poly trou. My wife's cars are traded more frequently but since 1996 I've stayed with the owner's manual suggestions. Before each 6 mos. detailing I warn the kids to not dress the seats.
My neighbor's son is using Neatsfoot saddle dressing on his '04 seats. Probably OK for the leather but the vinyl no longer matches the leather.
-- PJ
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I used to use saddle soap occasionally to clean them and then a good leather conditioner. A friend owns a shoe store and I'd get the stuff from him.
However, a couple of years ago, I was getting some leather seats from Al Knoch and he said the saddle soap will dry the seat covers out too much, and the conditioner would promote cracking. He said his recommendation was to simply spray with Pledge and wipe clean.

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