2001 E46 318i Leather type? How to clean

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    Hi All,

    I am a bit confused as to what type of leather was used by BMW in 2001, it seems to be a bit of a minefield to find out what leather cleaner to use on my black leather seats.

    I bought the 2001 318i es about six months ago and the leather in the back has had some really scruffy kids on it in the past and looks pretty dirty, scuffed and awful.

    Im not sure what quality leather BM used back then but the leather itself could possibly be normal Coated leather, Synthetic or Bicast as it looks pretty cheap tbh.

    I have been looking everywhere to try and find out what type of leather it is (or if it is indeed leather at all) and the best products to use on it, cannot find anything difinitive?!

    If it is leather then i believe a LTT leather care foam would be best, if its synth or bicast then i might aswell get some washing up liquid and a nail brush on it!

    Can anybody help me please? My Whip is looking poor!
     
     

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    Sorry no ideas on type of leather, as to cleaning i would use a nail brush and a bar of soap to clean then towel dry and use a good quality leather conditioner to finish, On some of the Vaux forums a lot of people recommend using baby oil to keep the leather supple after you have cleaned and conditioned.
     
     

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    Cheers RobbieV,

    Iv not heard of that one before but doesn't sound too bad an idea.
    Might go for a leather conditioner over baby oil tho?
     
     

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    Hi All,

    Just to update, after hours checking i found out that nearly all BMW leather (and most auto leather) is coated, making it quite difficult to scratch and very easy to clean and care for. Also no conditioners, oils or care agants are required they just attract dirt, grease and dyes!

    I found the following quote on a site but i forget which now?! I tried this and it has really helped my tired rear seats so thought i had better share!

    Cleaning Tips for Finished Leather


    For cleaning finished leather products, Mild moisturizing soap can also be used for cleaning stains from finished leather. First, make a very light lather with a soft damp cloth or sponge and gently rub the stained area. Use another damp cloth for wiping, but make sure that you do not rinse leather. Use a dry soft cloth or towel to wipe up any remaining moisture and let it dry completely.

    Its that simple, hope this helps anyone with similar concerns!
     
     

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