Cleaning your steering wheel
The center portion (where the airbag and horn is) is not leather, it is vinyl. Generally speaking, if you are having trouble differentiating which interior surfaces are which, leather is softer and often has stitching. Additionally, if you are using Lexol Cleaner and Conditioner correctly, it should not leave any type of greasy residue. Your skin leaves more slippery, greasy stuff behind than Lexol. If there is any residual after conditioning just go back and wipe it down with a clean cotton towel.
First it is crucial to understand that leather care is a two step/ two product process, cleaning then conditioning. Also, leather care is the only type of maintenance that should actually be performed in direct sunlight. The heat helps relax the leather and open the pores making it easier to release dirts and more thirsty to accept condtioner. Vacuum any dirt out of the seams and crevices before starting.
Here is what I do when I clean all my leather including the steering wheel:
Materials: Lexol Leather Cleaner, small bucket 1/2 filled with water, bug sponge (one of those sponges with the soft nylon mesh over it), clean terry towel.
1) Dip your sponge into the water and then squeeze out most of it, you only want it moist, not dripping.
2) Spray a small amount of Lexol Cleaner onto one side of the sponge. You won't need very much as the moisture in the sponge will help distribute the product.
3) Working on one section at a time, gently scrub the leather and generate a good lather. Use at least 15 strokes per section or continue until the leather no longer appears shiny after you wipe it dry. Clean leather should have a matte/non-glossy appearance.
4) Once you have finished with that section, wipe it dry with your terry towel and then dip your sponge into the bucket and wring out any accumulated soil. Then repeat for the next section.
5) Areas like the steering wheel, shifter, and armrests will usually require more thorough scrubbings as they are most often exposed to body oils, sweat and dirts.
Materials: Lexol Leather Conditioner, cotton or terry covered sponge/applicator (a small cotton towel would work also), a clean terry towel to wipe away any excess.
1) Spray the conditioner onto the applicator and, working one section at a time, massage the conditioner into warm leather.
2) Allow that soak and penetrate for a few minutes, move onto the next section and then come back and wipe away any remaining residue with the clean terry towel. You may actually find that your clean leather has soaked it all in and could benefit from a second application.
Leather Care Schedule:
Clean at least every 6 months.
Condition every 3 months.
2004 Nighthawk Black Touring w/ Black Interior & RES
Mods: Spoiler, Paint Protection Film, 5% Tint, K&N Filter, Hoen bulbs, chrome side steps, painted calipers
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