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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Smile So You Want To Get Your Leather Seats Clean???

I have been complaining about my leather lately and my GF suggested I try a certain type of cleaner. Well about a month goes by and I finally decided to give it a try. You wont believe this....I used WATER!!! And a Mr Clean Magic Eraser!!!! Thats it. And then fiinished off with some Lexol Leather Conditioner. THEY LOOK BRAND NEW!!!

After a light scrubbing with the Magic Eraser and I mean light (It doesn't take much effort). Wipe it clean with a clean cloth (I used paper towels). Make sure to clean the eraser often as well. It even gets the threads clean!


Here are some pics. That was 113,000 miles of A$$ on there!

top of picture is after, bottom is before cleaning


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Wide Shot...now I have to scrub the seat belts!!

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Seat color difference looks amazing Craig! I heard that those erasers work good on white shoes as well for scuffs an stuff.
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Something so simple....your girlfriend is pretty smart
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I did this right after I got my new seats from Ross back in August of last year, got them very clean! I used a combo of the eraser and a steam cleaner and they looked awesome.
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Amazing! Gonna have to try this soon!
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I havent tried this on my 94 ES but I honestly dont think its going to get the paint off the seats that the previous owner who was a complete dumbass got on there.
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I wonder what the chemicals in that thing do to the leather though. Cant argue with the pics though.

Maybe a PH neutral leather conditioner would negate the bad effects of the eraser if there is one?
Couple of articles. No residual chemicals. It's only a mild abrasive. Clay Bar for Leather. I think I am going to market this!!!

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Magic Eraser is a cleaning stick made of melamine foam. Melamine is a resin used in construction and the automotive industry as a sound barrier and flame retardant. It also imparts strength and is used in such products as dinnerware and laminate counter tops.
The eraser is moistened with water so it adheres slightly to the surface to be cleaned. (Mr. Clean likens this to licking your finger when you turn a page.) Then it is rubbed over the spot or stain. The water breaks down the product into a microscopic polymer abrasive that grabs dirts in the spaces that a regular sponge or brush can't get to.
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Melamine foam is a foam-like material consisting of a formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer.
The foam is manufactured in Germany by BASF under the name "Basotect". It has been used for over 20 years as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and has a long history as a soundproofing material for studios, sounds stages, auditoriums, and the like. The low smoke and flame properties of melamine foam prevent it from being a fire hazard[citation needed].
In the early 21st century it was discovered that melamine foam was an effective abrasive cleaner. The open cell foam is microporous and its polymeric substance is extremely hard, so that when used for cleaning it works like extremely fine sandpaper, getting into tiny grooves and pits in the object being cleaned. On a larger scale the material feels soft. Because the bubbles interconnect, its structure is more like a maze of fibreglass strands than like the array of separate bubbles in, for example, styrofoam.
Rubbing with slightly moistened foam may remove otherwise "uncleanable" external markings from surfaces. For example, it can remove crayon, magic marker, and grease from painted walls, wood finishings, plastic-adhering paints from treated wooden tables, adhesive residue, and grime from hub caps[citation needed]. The surface being cleaned may be finely scratched if not hard. The foam wears away, rather like a pencil eraser, and leaves a slight residue behind which can be rinsed away.
Melamine foam for cleaning uses is supplied by several companies under brand names such as "Nano Sponge" Betsys Coralite Ultimate Sponge, or as a generic product sometimes described as a "dirt eraser". The Procter & Gamble version, Mr. Clean "Magic Eraser", was awarded the Electrical Audio Intern's Corner "Key Buy" award in 2003.
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I used one of those to clean the previous owner's "handprints" off of the steering wheel of my trep. Worked great, and you should have seen the layers that were on it. Gross!
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Those magic erasers work well.... but be careful on the surafaces you use them on... they work great but they are considered to be a micro-abrasive. some surfaces will be ruined by this.... shiney ones for sure...

P.S. - I used a magic eraser once on my skin to get some nasty oil/dirt off... dirt was gone, and so was the first three layers of skin.. left horrible abrasion marks that looked like bad burns on my skin... Ya - my wife still teases me for it!!
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Those magic erasers work well.... but be careful on the surafaces you use them on... they work great but they are considered to be a micro-abrasive. some surfaces will be ruined by this.... shiney ones for sure...

P.S. - I used a magic eraser once on my skin to get some nasty oil/dirt off... dirt was gone, and so was the first three layers of skin.. left horrible abrasion marks that looked like bad burns on my skin... Ya - my wife still teases me for it!!
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Who all has done this? I plan on doing it before the week this weekend but its not high on my list so may not get done. I got 10 hour days til the day of the meet.
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Who all has done this? I plan on doing it before the week this weekend but its not high on my list so may not get done. I got 10 hour days til the day of the meet.
I did it last year when I got my special seats. It cleaned them very well but, like craig said, it dries them out alot. I would defenatly have a good conditioned on had after they are clean.\
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wow they look great! ill have to try that out
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Yes....Im going to have to try this also....As Ricardo Montalbon would say,"Fine Corinthian Leather"......Eyeballing poster above me..

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Glad to help, mine still look great. Had to condition them 4 times though!
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