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what do u use to celan ur leather i have the lighter cause i have impression from my jeans
 

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Ivory BAR soap (99 44/100% pure) and water with a clean white terry towel; rinse very well. Try to avoid chemical type cleaners if at all possible!
 

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Ivory BAR soap (99.9% pure) and water with a clean white terry towel; rinse very well. Try to avoid chemical type cleaners if at all possible!
Linda,I have the same problem with my seats, does this method really get rid of the blue or does it lighten the blue?
 

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im glad im not the only one with the problem im wondering if it works to its worth a try any other advise
 

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Manual says use soap and water, I was using Lexol and switched to soap b/c this leather seems unfinished. almost raw and you can rub the color right off, try the search for extensive discussion on this. A good excuse to get new leather, perhaps you could gt oil all over the carpet and up grade to Wilton wool. These are two areas where dc saved money to hit the price point, just observations not complaining.
 

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Linda,I have the same problem with my seats, does this method really get rid of the blue or does it lighten the blue?
This was a tip from my leather furniture specialist... unfortunately, blue jeans dye, pen ink and newspaper ink are the biggest problems... usually this procedure will remove them if done within a few hours of occurrence, if not, the stains become permanent. The only solution for this is re-coloring the damaged areas or the entire piece.

Be gentle in your attempts and always use a gentle circular motion, no rubbing! Some leathers only absorb their color on the surface, and as II kings said, you can rub right through the dye.

Definitely talk to your dealer about getting a new cover if no results!
Good luck you guys, let us all know...
 

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This was a tip from my leather furniture specialist... unfortunately, blue jeans dye, pen ink and newspaper ink are the biggest problems... usually this procedure will remove them if done within a few hours of occurrence, if not, the stains become permanent. The only solution for this is re-coloring the damaged areas or the entire piece.

Be gentle in your attempts and always use a gentle circular motion, no rubbing! Some leathers only absorb their color on the surface, and as II kings said, you can rub right through the dye.

Definitely talk to your dealer about getting a new cover if no results!
Good luck you guys, let us all know...
Thanks, I appreciate your insight.
 

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I have noticed the jean problem as well. What I can't get over is how this can still happen aften the jeans have been through countless wash and dry cycles!
 

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jjs said:
I have noticed the jean problem as well. What I can't get over is how this can still happen aften the jeans have been through countless wash and dry cycles!
I warned about blue jeans some months ago...they do get lighter with each wash...
 

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cmego said:
they do get lighter with each wash...
Not if you know how to do laundry... :)

and before any snide, juvenile remarks about a guy doing laundry...

every woman I have met considers it an asset...

enough said.

:D
 

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It's funny cause I noticed this when they had the auto show come through town not too long ago. They had a couple C's on display there, and the grey one they had that had the light leather, the seats were almost completely blue. Like someone said earlier, the leather doesnt seem treated at all. Luckily I went with the black and grey leather, but still, I see they had to cut back here for other places.
 

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im glad im not the only one with the problem im wondering if it works to its worth a try any other advise
I wear more black jeans than blue but I had/have this same problem, I used dish soap diluted in water, it took my seats back to almost the original color. You have to apply the soapy water content more than once and dont be concerned with the odd looking color of the seats when you wipe them, it it return to its original color after a couple minutes when it is dry, and dont be afraid to really rub your seats, the leather will not come apart I promise. :D
 

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.... and dont be afraid to really rub your seats, the leather will not come apart I promise. :D
I don't mean to be contradictory... but I will; my caution not to rub the leather is not related to fears of the leather coming apart, but to prevent removing the dye, which on these hides has not penetrated deeply!

Also, I would not recommend it, but if you decide to use dish soap instead of Ivory bar soap, I would suggest you use only the most mild (least detergent) such as Ivory or Jergens. Avoid those that state they are 'tough on grease' etc. such as Dawn... just my $.02 :)
 

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I don't mean to be contradictory... but I will; my caution not to rub the leather is not related to fears of the leather coming apart, but to prevent removing the dye, which on these hides has not penetrated deeply!

Also, I would not recommend it, but if you decide to use dish soap instead of Ivory bar soap, I would suggest you use only the most mild (least detergent) such as Ivory or Jergens. Avoid those that state they are 'tough on grease' etc. such as Dawn... just my $.02 :)
Heemee we are cool I meant no harm when I said dont be afraid to rub your leather. I had not even read your post. I was just being sarcastic. I agree dont use detergents that are harsh unless you dillute them with a lot of water. I mean a drop of soap to a gallon of water.
 

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You nailed it Hemeee, this leather is FRAGILE as far as the finish is concerned, I was using baby wipes until cautioned by mileshoover in the thread from the summer.I am amazed at the quality of the Japanese leather, my 05 Odyssey is supurb, probably better than the bimmer, who knows, I may go with Honda stock leather when needed
 

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Guys, I would advise caution regarding the use of ivory or dish soap. Leather requires a cleaner that has the appropriate PH balance otherwise it will damage the fiber over time. Dish soap in particular is quite alkaline as it must be in order to remove grease from dirty dishes. It is in fact a commonly accepted practice to use Dawn if you want to totally STRIP off the wax from your car prior to rewaxing it.

There are many great leather cleaners out there. Check out the following web sitess and even email the experts there for advice on cleaning/protecting the leather (from blue jean stains).
properautocare.com
autogeek.net
premiumautocare.com
topoftheline.com

Regarding the leather in the 300C, I am not 100% certain if it's drum dyed or sprayed on. Drum dyed is much better as the dye in soak through the leather during the tanning process. The sprayed on is what's used typically by Japanese and American manufacturers. The manufacturer of the leather in the 300C is Seton. I would NOT have purchase my 300C if the leather was not of acceptably quality, hemi or no hemi.

I feel that this leather may be a drum dyed leather making it a better quality (I could be wrong).

My recommendation for keeping the seats clean from blue jean dye is to buy yourself a pop-up wipe such as is made by Lexol or others and wipe down the drivers seat once a week. It will take you less than a minute and keep the dye from getting ground in deeper. FYI, I have the light Greystone leather on my 300C, so far so good.
 

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Heemee we are cool I meant no harm when I said dont be afraid to rub your leather. I had not even read your post. I was just being sarcastic. I agree dont use detergents that are harsh unless you dillute them with a lot of water. I mean a drop of soap to a gallon of water.
Yep, we're cool GEN XER, just worried someone would take your advice literally!:rolleyes:

BMWhat?, normally I would agree, but in this case your advice is in conflict with the mfr. instrux to use ONLY mild soap and water. Because these products can have a tendency to build up or leave a film, using them could complicate matters if a claim should have to be made to the dealer. Proceed with caution... ;)
 

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i wonder if anyone has went to the dealer my car is still their when i goto pick it up i will mention it but doubt thry'll do anything i geuss eventually ill do a custom 2tone leather when i have the cash casue this leather dont cut it
 

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Yep, we're cool GEN XER, just worried someone would take your advice literally!:rolleyes:

BMWhat?, normally I would agree, but in this case your advice is in conflict with the mfr. instrux to use ONLY mild soap and water. Because these products can have a tendency to build up or leave a film, using them could complicate matters if a claim should have to be made to the dealer. Proceed with caution... ;)
I'm with HEMEE on this one. I own a cleaning company. Automobile leather has to be treated carefully. Mild soap and water. Gentle rubbing. Microfibre cloth works well. PH not an issue on the leather.

If you get a stain or mark, remove it asap. I always carry a good quality microfibre cloth in my car. Spills can be wiped up easily with a damp microfibre cloth.
 
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