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Hi everyone.
I've been doing all sorts of online research trying to figure out how to clean and protect the leather seats in my 2017 Sportage EX, I am soooooo confused due to contradicting information. Now, leather in newer cars is supposed to have a vinyl coating (PU leather) which should mean low maintenance. But no where can I find how long this vinyl coatings lasts or the signs of it have been worn away.
I bought this vehicle used so I have no idea how well the previous owner looked after the seats if at all. I have a few spots on the seats that look like the vinyl coating is no longer since the leather is a really flat black color as compared to the rest of the seat (see picture). Now how do I treat and protect these seats, is there a product I can buy that would put the vinyl coating back onto the seats? This is the first vehicle I've ever owned with leather seats, I normally much prefer cloth seats (less maintenance). I want to stay away from products that have claims of greatness but all they do is crud up the leather, make it extremely shinny and slippery (Armor All Protectant is one of these). I wonder if something like Scotch Guard for cloth seats would work?
I'm hoping fellow Kia owners know what works best in this respect.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Take care

Regards: Jack
 

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As noted above....303 products are excellent!
 

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Did you try using moist towel on the spot in pic? It's most likely dust. I get this dust accumulation on my fabric seats.
Get leather cleaner/protector cream for furniture and apply, I use 303 on house furniture myself, not a fan of leather in the car.
I get this on US Amazon:
https://www.303products.com.au/product-range/automotive/303-leather-3-in-1-complete-care

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Hello. I've tried cleaning that spot, it was a little dirty but not that bad, when that spot is damp, it looks like the rest of the seat, it dulls as it dries as seen in the picture. I will have to look up this 303 you mentioned. Thank you.
Take care

Regards: Jack

UPDATE: I looked up that 303 Leather 3 in one product on the Canadian Amazon, can only buy a 6 pack of the stuff at $186, no thanks! LOL
 

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to clean the leather, get a generic spray bottle, and mix a mild laundry detergent like woolite with distilled water. Spray and wipe dry the leather to get dirt and stains off.

To protect the leather afterwards, without getting a greasy feel to it, follow up the cleaning with Meguiar's G10916 Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner & Conditioner, I know, all in one product, but it's inexpensive, and gets the job done. It also doesn't leave it greasy and shiny. Just a nice smooth touch.
 

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Hello. I've tried cleaning that spot, it was a little dirty but not that bad, when that spot is damp, it looks like the rest of the seat, it dulls as it dries as seen in the picture. I will have to look up this 303 you mentioned. Thank you.
Take care

Regards: Jack

UPDATE: I looked up that 303 Leather 3 in one product on the Canadian Amazon, can only buy a 6 pack of the stuff at $186, no thanks! LOL
I buy it on US Amazon, it's US$9 for a 16oz spray bottle, I guess I'm just lucky to live 5 miles from US border.
 

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Online retailers like "The Chemical Guys" and "Griot's Garage" make car enthusiast products that that are high quality and reasonably priced.

In all honesty with the vinyl coating on the leather little to no leather conditioner you apply is getting to your leather.

I use Griot's Leather 3-in-1. It doesn't leave a greasy film and offers UV protection (I live in the Arizona desert).

Another good tip is to get or modify a soft bristle paintbrush. Horsehair is best as a duster for your interior. It works wonders.
 

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Hi all, thank you for the suggestions.
I was at Walmart (wife works there), and took a chance and bought this stuff (https://weiman.com/leather-wipes). So far it seems to be helping restore some sheen to that spot on the passenger side seat. It looks like the previous owner either had something on the seat that rubbed that spot a lot or spilled something chemical on that spot, it's like the vinyl coating is gone in that spot. I followed the product instructions, wiped that spot by adding a little pressure and getting some of the wetness from the wipe into that spot, I then used a microfiber cloth to wipe that spot. I then waited a few hours and took a look, the spot was still there but was seriously reduced and blended into the rest of the seat a lot better. I will try applying this a few more times and see what happens, if the vinyl coating is gone from that spot, then maybe the cheap leather is so dry it needs to drink up a lot of moisture.
I also did my shift lever, and the leather boot and it turned out really good, no shine, a nice natural looking sheen and is NOT slippery. So far, I'm impressed with this stuff but too soon to tell yet.
I like it as a treatment, but not the greatest as a cleaner.
Take care

Regards: Jack
 

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'I use Griot's Leather 3-in-1. It doesn't leave a greasy film and offers UV protection'

Me too, and prior to that with earlier cars I used Griot's Leather Care. Every leather car I've had has had the coated leather, but even so they benefitted from the Griot's. How I do it is, I vacuum the inside of the car using a soft brush attachment on the upholstery and dashboard (instruments, vents, etc.) I might take a damp wash cloth and wipe the seats/any other areas I think need it. Now I take a sponge made for the purpose or a folded wash cloth and start applying the '3-in-1' to the leather trim. I like doing this early on a hot day so I can close up the car afterward and let it bake in. I do not buff it because when you get through it simply looks new, and it was not shiny then. Another great thing about Griot's is it has a leather smell that sticks around. I might do this twice a year.
As for the odd-looking spot on your seat, I don't know what it is but it isn't 'wear'. I don't even know how you would put wear on a seat in that spot. Griot's may help or not, but it won't hurt. I use it on the steering wheel and gear knob too because it has no silicone or anything slippery. If you get a scratch on the steering wheel which is fairly common, repeated use of 3-in-1 on it will seal it up and it will be hard to find.
On my '03 Saturn VUE with beige leather trim, all the interior looked as good when I traded it in in '11 as it did new except the driver's seat, which had creases from use but was still supple and with no cracking.
I've been using it on my wife's '15 Honda Odyssey since new and the seats are still perfect. Drivers seat is getting the expected creases/wrinkles but this is what gives a leather interior its charm. For the people who use nothing or inferior products, those wrinkles become cracks and the leather feels brittle - because it is.
 

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Hi All, thanks again for suggestions regarding the leather seats.
I just ordered Griot's 3 in 1. 16 ounce bottle, I'll give this a try when I get it, this stuff seems to get great reviews from this forum and the internet. It's not cheap (see screen shot) so hopefully it'll work well with my seats.
Take care.

Regards: Jack
 

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I am able to buy it at my local auto parts store. I think it is about $10 - 12 (US).
Hi TexanEagleScout.
I'm in Canada, everything is so much more expensive in Canada. I did check at my local automotive store and they didn't carry this brand product but the Canadian Amazon did.
The joys of being Canadian, pay 150% or more over USA prices! I know, I know..... what does it mean to be Canadian..... Bend Over! LOL
Take care

Regards: Jack
 

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This happens in all cars with black seats if not regularly treated.

I strongly suggest STAY AWAY FROM ARMOR ALL - this stuff is horrible.

Like others say : Meguiars ok / Lexol even better / and my favorite (cheap from Amazon) - great products - Chemical Guys - Leather Cleaner and Conditioner.... PS their Leather Scent also smells like real leather - love it to.
 
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