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Leather Care in Model S

Does Tesla have a recommended cleaner/treatment that they use on the leather seats in the Model S? One of my twins had a minor "accident" in the back seat... :/ Looking for something that cleans and returns the nice napa leather scent as well as maybe some future protection.

Outgassing of the chemicals used in the tanning process isn't something you should be breathing.

This is what the owners manual says about it: "Leather is prone to dye-transfer which can cause discoloration, particularly on light colored leather. White and tan leather is coated with an anti- soiling treatment. Wipe spills as soon as possible using a soft cloth moistened with warm water and non-detergent soap. Wipe gently in a circular motion. Then wipe dry using a soft, lint-free cloth. Using detergents or commercially available leather cleaners and conditioners is not recommended because they can discolor or dry out the leather."

Warm water doesn't take care of odors however... :(

Not sure about this, but it should be harmless if it fails:

Wipe down with pure glycerin, then blot out with damp cloths. (Can rinse, wring, and re-apply; the glycerin will flush completely.)

It is very hygroscopic, and non-toxic -- except to bacteria, which it dehydrates on contact (in sufficient concentration). That gives it many marvelous uses, and this seems like a possible "extension" of those.

As a demonstration of its powers, sip and swish over the back of the tongue, and swallow. Cuts through the biofilm, and eliminates the sulphur-loving bacteria on contact -- and with it your "death breath". (Tastes sweet, used routinely by diabetics as a sugar substitute, as it has negligible effect on blood sugar, etc.)

Now that you've mentioned glycerin Brian; Should it be any good for protecting weatherstripping, etc.?

No, it dissolves (aggressively) in water. "Hygroscopic" is water-loving. "Miscible" is another term; any % from 0 to 100.

Used in the food industry as a lubricant in food handling/processing equipment (where not exposed to direct water flows, etc.) Very slippery, non-evaporating, and non-toxic.

It's the secret sauce, btw, in those giant bubbles you see some performers use. It greatly enhances surface tension when mixed with water.

Once owned a 68 MB250SE Coupe. It had thick Connoly (spelling?) hides everywhere seats, seat backs, full door panels, parcel shelf. The car smelled great! In the olden days, a product called hide food was recommended. It seemed to be ok but leather still showed cracks. 2003 Passat with grey leather, I never do anything to it and it looks like new after 113K miles. I don't know but leather seems to be getting more durable.


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