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Old 10-23-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Suede Maintenance

Is there anything out there to clean or maintain our suede Steering wheel and Shift Knob? what do you guys use?
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:01 PM   #2
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IT IS NOT SUEDE . it is Alcantara ,a synthetic . A med firm brush and distilled water work great
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:06 AM   #3
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I used a brush and suede cleaning block. Worked great. Like new after.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:54 PM   #4
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I use an UGG brand boot care kit. Works great for me.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:07 PM   #5
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I use an UGG brand boot care kit. Works great for me.
Thanks for the idea, I used my sneaker cleaner Jason Mark shoe cleaner and it feels like it's new again!!
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:05 PM   #6
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I use an UGG brand boot care kit. Works great for me.
Same here. Works great!
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:26 AM   #7
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Supplies

Pure organic Castile soap ( can get this at vitamin cottage or whole foods)
Kiwi suede/nubuck kit( can get at Target or Walmart)
Toothbrush
Rag
Vacuum cleaner hose

First thing you want to do is use the toothbrush and the vacuum cleaner hose.

Grab the toothbrush and turn the vacuum hose on. Brush all the areas of the wheel and follow it with the vacuum. This is is to get all the lose debrees on the wheel.

After thoroughly brushing and cleaning the wheel. Take a small bowl and pour the Castile soap in some water. You use Castile soap because it is not harsh on the suede and it is very affective.

Take the rag, lightly dab the rag in the soap and gently start with one area of the wheel. Now you do not want to press hard, you just want to gently rub in a reverse circular motion, then reverse the motion. You will start to see the dirt and grime on the rag.

Go to the next section of the wheel and repeat the same procedure until entire wheel is clean.

You can now take a dry rag and lightly go over the wheel and get as much dampness out the wheel.
Let dry
Now take the white brush you see in the pic and now lightly brush the wheel to pick up the fibers of the suede. Reverse the direction with the brush to get the fibers to stand.
Done

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I would also invest in some gloves. This will prevent oils and dirt from your hand getting on your wheel.

I went to harbor freight and picked up some mechanic grip gloves ($2) and I put them on every time I drive. I will warn you lol you will get stares but eh oh well!! I just keep the gloves in the middle console so that they don't get dirty as well.

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Old 10-26-2015, 12:36 AM   #8
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i used a kit that my local shoe store had. they give you a block that looks and feel like an eraser and they also give you a brush. block first and then brush. it got very dusty in my car after i was done thats how much junk i cleaned out of it
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:31 AM   #9
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i used a kit that my local shoe store had. they give you a block that looks and feel like an eraser and they also give you a brush. block first and then brush. it got very dusty in my car after i was done thats how much junk i cleaned out of it
This made me cringe a little. I suspect you are not cleaning out junk, but instead are sanding away the top layer of the steering wheel material, which will be dirty. It turns out to look okay because you are left looking at what's left . . . . the clean stuff. I cringed because I wonder how many times you could do this before wearing away too much.
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:12 AM   #10
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I just wipe everything down with a damp microfiber towel. Works excellently.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:26 AM   #11
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Ive been told window cleaner works great. spray on a towel and wipe down DO NOT spray directly on micro suede
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:21 PM   #12
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I used simple green and a microfiber. Brought my steering wheel and shifter back to life. It was in pretty bad shape before the simple green
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:05 AM   #13
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Wonder if Adams all purpose cleaner would do the same???
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