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A forum member brought up the question how to treat his SRT suede in another discussion area. Since a lot of us SRT8 snobs only check this area I thought I'd reprint my response:

SRT "Suede" is not real suede from cows but is "Preferred Suede" (which I'm sure the cows prefer). It's a man-made product from Milliken & Company. Here's a message I stole from another forum:

Recently I sent an e-mail inquiry to Milliken with regard to the proper care for the Preferred Suede
Seat areas of the Limited Leather Seats. The following is the word-for-word response that I received, all in caps:

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND APPLYING A FABRIC PROTECTANT TO PREFERRED SUEDE AS IT IS AN INHERENT CHARACTERISTIC.

AS FOR CLEANING, PREFERRED SUEDE IS A
100% MANMADE MICROFIBER PRODUCT SO NATURAL SUEDE PRODUCTS SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS ARE TO TREAT AS YOU WOULD ANY FINE FABRIC.


SPECIFIC CLEANING PROCEDURE:

BLOT EXCESS SPILLAGE USING AN ABSORBENT CLOTH.

USING WATER AND A MILD DETERGENT, CLEAN STAIN BY BLOTTING OR IN A GENTLE CIRCULAR MOTION UNTIL STAIN IS LIFTED.

RINSE SPARINGLY WITH FRESH WATER TO REMOVE ANY SOAPY RESIDUE.

ALLOW TO AIR DRY OR VACUUM EXTRACT.


AGAIN USE WATER SPARINGLY OR FOR BEST RESULTS, DRY CLEAN ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS WITH "CAPTURE"(R) BY MILLIKEN, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT HOME DEPOT, LOWE'S, ETC...

Remember that the Preferred Suede is already
treated with a protectant during the manufacturing process, so DO NOT APPLY ANY
FABRIC PROTECTANT such as SCOTCHGARD(R) which is not even recommended to be used on any type of Suede.


Rick
 

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Thanks Rick

I had already dug out my bottle of cleaner for "cow made suede" to use on the first cleaning.

Advertising eh!

Although this may be a good product, I feel like I will be lying now if a tell people my seats have suede inserts. I'll have to say "preferred suede" and explain, if someone is sharp enough to pick up on the subtlety of the language.
 

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HealeyRick said:
Zilla,

Here's another tip - Don't smear Hide Food on it, either :loser:

Rick
Is that speaking from experience?

- and here's your getout............

Or is that somethiing you just heard?
 

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Is the Preferred Suede the same stuff as Alcantara ?

Alcantara is being used on very high-end cars, I guess because it has the same benefits as Preferred Suede: it breathes, it's comfortable and you don't slide around in it.
 

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not always true

remember that furniture fabric manufacturers are very careful when publishing any cleaning instructions. Just like the stickers on your new sofa.

They can't say what works best because some bonehead will try and do it himself and muck it up. And no "one" cleaning method works on any problem.

Almost every surface in my SRT8 WAS treated with a solvent based fabric protector (except the leather and vinyl). It DOES benefit the fabric and suede surfaces. They just don't want you to for fear you'll damage it.

Those are the most general and generic cleaning instructions ever released! Please consult a certified upholstery cleaner in your area for more info. You can also look in the yellow pages and call the supply houses. They know who's who.
 

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well ive taken care of the cleaning problem...
there has been black towels on the bottom part
of the seats since day one...but good heads up
on how to clean if needed....
 
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