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Question Steering Wheel Leather Care?

Does anyone have a suggested method or product to keep the steering wheel's leather healthy and rotless? Most suppliers have too many lawyers vulturing around them to let them say to use their stuff on steering wheels.

Someday I'll tell you all about the co-worker who thought that since Armor-All does such a good job (well...) on plastics and rubber that a foot pedal treatment would be a good idea. Luckily, she discovered her error harmlessly. Then had to find a really good upholstery cleaner.

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My 14 year old Insight is showing signs of deterioration on the part where my left hand rests. I figure it's best not to use your hands to steer, if you want to keep grubby skin oils from causing deterioration. Besides, if you steer with your knees, your hands are free to text and suck down a chocolate shake, lol.

One thing I've been trying to do with my CRZ, if it's not parked in the garage, is to turn the steering wheel 180 from center when parked, to balance the sun/UV variable from destroying it.

I've used products that have been bad on the faux leather, just to keep it clean, so I'm looking for better ideas in that area myself.

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On my clazzios and EX steering wheel I use Mother VLR cleaner (vinyl leather rubber). Been having no problems for the last few years. On the seats, on the paper towel I see all the ink come off my various pants. On the steering wheel I see black and brown from my nasty hand sweat

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I have had the same problem with the steering wheel and the directional switch arm. Both are fading due to UV exposure, I use 303 UV protectant it's about $15 a bottle but it restored and seems to be protecting the entire dash.

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My 14 year old Insight is showing signs of deterioration on the part where my left hand rests. I figure it's best not to use your hands to steer, if you want to keep grubby skin oils from causing deterioration. Besides, if you steer with your knees, your hands are free to text and suck down a chocolate shake, lol.

One thing I've been trying to do with my CRZ, if it's not parked in the garage, is to turn the steering wheel 180 from center when parked, to balance the sun/UV variable from destroying it.

I've used products that have been bad on the faux leather, just to keep it clean, so I'm looking for better ideas in that area myself.
I just use a very good sunshade permanently mounted to my windshield from carsunshades

My current one for The Speed Bump is the Flame pattern but most of the rest in the family are the standard silver. On previous car no fading of dash or any other parts. No cracks in any parts either. I have been using this product through many iterations on a few cars it is a great product. No relationship to company other than being a happy owner. The Speed Bumps was ordered within days of the car coming home.

To keep steering wheel clean wear driving gloves of the same color as wheel . Before you all yell at me I am kidding. My wheel is damaged and I want to get a Lecce it is on the list but the list is long the bank account is empty. Don't use Alcohol Like I did on a previous car.
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....I use 303 UV protectant it's about $15 a bottle but it restored and seems to be protecting the entire dash.
Ah, one of the great unknown products of the world. I've been using it for a few years, and have nothing but great to say about it. They make a canvas protectant that's great for fabric convertible tops, too.
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To keep steering wheel clean wear driving gloves of the same color as wheel . Before you all yell at me I am kidding. .....
Don't laugh. Driving with good gloves really does change the sensation. They're also great against cold or hot steering wheels.

I always use a sun shade, but one of the spring-spined type that fold up with a twist. They're getting hard to find, but I like the one-piece ones better than the dual panel. In this part of California, there's no option. I also use a car cover.
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Don't laugh. Driving with good gloves really does change the sensation. They're also great against cold or hot steering wheels.

I always use a sun shade, but one of the spring-spined type that fold up with a twist. They're getting hard to find, but I like the one-piece ones better than the dual panel. In this part of California, there's no option. I also use a car cover.
My sunshade is self storing.Very important in The Speed Bump. I found my first one when I lived in CA. I now order them online. 1 hand deploy so I use it more often.
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1 hand deploy so I use it more often.
Um.... no, I musn't.
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Um.... no, I musn't.
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