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      08-04-2021, 01:39 PM   #1
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Steering wheel cleaner

I've done quite a bit of searching and reading, but find inconsistent and conflicting posts about what works, so I figured I'd ask directly.

I'd like to find a cleaner, specifically for the steering wheel, which restores the supple, soft, *matte*, *like new* feel of the steering wheel the first day you pick it up from the dealer. I've seen lots of cleaners that leave a greasy, shiny residue, but the steering wheel is for me the thing I am most anal about on the car, as I feel it in my hands the entire time I drive.

My car is ~8mo old, and I've been wiping/rubbing it down with a wet microfiber and that seems to help a little, but I can tell it's already losing some of it's original supple quality.

In lieu of buying a new steering wheel entirely, I wanted to see if anyone had first hand experience using a cleaner and getting the desired result, preferably from someone who is also anal about that brand new steering wheel feel and is discerning about cleaners.

Thanks for any help!
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It's wrapped in leather, so think leather cleaner.

I've had great luck with Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner/ Conditioner kit on restoring a used interior that I put in my 128.

Check this out...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FLBFV5K...roduct_details

It doesn't leave a greasy residue, smells nice, and will leave you with the matte look you're going for.
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I had used the Chemical Guys products in the past to limited success, especially with the wheel on my E93. I recently switched to Gyeon leather cleaner and it is fantastic on my E93 and truly brought it back to the matte finish that I had only seen in pictures. On my older car I used the strong, but would likely dilute it for my F90.
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I've had good success with Dodo Juice Supernatural Leather Cleaner. Definitely leaves a matte finish.

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Thanks guys! I will pick those up and give them a whirl!
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Zaino z-9 leather cleaner. Cleans and softens.
Use with z-10 leather conditioner.
Smells amazing and gives the matte look that you want.
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Zaino z-9 leather cleaner. Cleans and softens.
Use with z-10 leather conditioner.
Smells amazing and gives the matte look that you want.
+1 to Zaino products. I love their leather products and they give exactly that protection without being super shiny.
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I've done quite a bit of searching and reading, but find inconsistent and conflicting posts about what works, so I figured I'd ask directly.

I'd like to find a cleaner, specifically for the steering wheel, which restores the supple, soft, *matte*, *like new* feel of the steering wheel the first day you pick it up from the dealer. I've seen lots of cleaners that leave a greasy, shiny residue, but the steering wheel is for me the thing I am most anal about on the car, as I feel it in my hands the entire time I drive.

My car is ~8mo old, and I've been wiping/rubbing it down with a wet microfiber and that seems to help a little, but I can tell it's already losing some of it's original supple quality.

In lieu of buying a new steering wheel entirely, I wanted to see if anyone had first hand experience using a cleaner and getting the desired result, preferably from someone who is also anal about that brand new steering wheel feel and is discerning about cleaners.

Thanks for any help!
Adams polishes "leather & interior cleaner" works wonders. I use this weekly.
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Adams polishes "leather & interior cleaner" works wonders. I use this weekly.



you are likely in overkill mode cleaning it weekly.
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Adams polishes "leather & interior cleaner" works wonders. I use this weekly.



you are likely in overkill mode cleaning it weekly.
Let's just say my car doesn't get dirty, and my neighbors think I've lost my mind
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Let's just say my car doesn't get dirty, and my neighbors think I've lost my mind





We gotta storm your restaraunt again dude
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+1 to Zaino products. I love their leather products and they give exactly that protection without being super shiny.
+2. Great products. Iíve been using them for years with outstanding results.
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I use saddle soap, really cheap and really effective, itís quite an aggressive clean so it shouldnít be done very often and use a leather conditioner afterwards. The brand I use is Pears, £0.99 a bar and lasts for ages.
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Glad I saw this thread. I was about to make a duplicate post but my main concern is not "washing out" the colors on the stitching. I would love to clean and condition the leather on my steering wheel but I'm a little paranoid about that tri-color stitching. That and also not leaving a greasy feel which has already been mentioned. I may have to pick up some Zaino products. I used to use Zaino religiously on my domestic sports cars. It's really good stuff, especially the glass polish for removing water spots.
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Gyeon Leather Cleaner Mild or the appropriate ColourLock kit for your type of leather
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P&S Interior Cleaner. Really excellent and been using it for a while now. For light soiling dilute it 50/50. Inexpensive too.
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I've done quite a bit of searching and reading, but find inconsistent and conflicting posts about what works, so I figured I'd ask directly.

I'd like to find a cleaner, specifically for the steering wheel, which restores the supple, soft, *matte*, *like new* feel of the steering wheel the first day you pick it up from the dealer. I've seen lots of cleaners that leave a greasy, shiny residue, but the steering wheel is for me the thing I am most anal about on the car, as I feel it in my hands the entire time I drive.

My car is ~8mo old, and I've been wiping/rubbing it down with a wet microfiber and that seems to help a little, but I can tell it's already losing some of it's original supple quality.

In lieu of buying a new steering wheel entirely, I wanted to see if anyone had first hand experience using a cleaner and getting the desired result, preferably from someone who is also anal about that brand new steering wheel feel and is discerning about cleaners.

Thanks for any help!
Take it to upholstery shop for repairs
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I get and use Adam's Polishes products. Inside and out they have consistent and extremely good products. Not to mention after an application it "stays" very long. Look specifically for the leather dressing cleaner I have in this photo (middle small bottle).
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I just received a bottle of Leather Care from Nextzett and it has really good reviews. Will be trying it soon. It has a very different smell. It's a light smell and not that fake leather scent. Should be good stuff...

...update: I've tried several different leather products and concluded that the Zaino cleaner and conditioner are the best, the conditioner is just the right consistency for the leather to absorb and it brings out the perfect color from the leather and perfect matte finish and it's never greasy. The Chemical Guys conditioner is very good also but its a little too thick for my liking but it's impressive enough that I can give it runner up!

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