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Old 11-02-2011, 07:33 PM
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Which is the best leather cleaner & conditioner for king ranch leather?

hey guys, i've been thinking of cleaning my leather seats REAL good at the constant behest of my wife. man, it's always "yap, yap, yap". lol.

anyway, i used the turtle wax cleaner and conditioner and it seemed to clean somewhat ok on my king ranch leather. it didnt look WOAH. it didnt stand out.

i was hoping some of u guys who got experience in this area would mention it to me. what's the best leather cleaner and conditioner for the king ranch leather. man, it's like rawhide leather.

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Try Meguiar's Detailer Line (professional) Leather Cleaner & Conditioner. I've been using it for years on automotive leather as well as leather furniture and even shoes. It's easy to apply as well as inexpensive (about $29) - meaning you will use it more often and your leather will look better.

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You can buy it at places like autogeek.net and Auto Detailing Solutions Meguiars Leather Cleaner & Conditioner Gallon in gallon containers
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Neatsfoot oil, same that I use on my King Ranch saddles. They have a non darkening formula if you don't want the leather to darken. I do. The darkening also lasts longer between applications as well, probable is why it darkens the leather over time.

Lexol would be another option, but a little higher then just Neatsfoot. I would check your local saddleshop, farmer's Co-Op, or TSC and see what they have.
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Neatsfoot oil is used to soften or "break in" vegetable tanned leather. Lexol would be my first choice for chrome tanned leather.

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Get yourself some Skidmore's Leather Cream for your saddlery. .....All I'm sayin is, try it.
Murdocks carries it around here.
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Is my king ranch leather vegetable tan or chrome tan leather? The meguiar's sounds interesting. I'm trying to keep an open mind. Thanks guys.
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I use Neatsfoot oil about once a year and Lexol every couple of months. Use both bottles of Lexol... cleaner and conditioner. The other products like Turtle Wax, etc work great on the leathers with a protective coating but are not meant for saddle leather.
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Another vote for Lexol Cleaner and then their Conditioner. You can also buy conditioner directly from King Ranch, but I wasn't too impressed by it.
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Get yourself some Skidmore's Leather Cream for your saddlery. .....All I'm sayin is, try it.
Murdocks carries it around here.
Going to be hard to sway me over. I've been using neatsfoot for a very long time on saddles that still get used and they are over 50 yrs old.

Neatsfoot just plain works on saddles and since the leather in the trucks is basically saddle leather, it works for that too.
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I've been using the Meguiars also, but I read recently the KR leather is finished with a silicone product and it was important to use cleaner made for this. I haven't checked it out yet but am gonna do some checking after my Meguiars runs out.
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I've been using the King Ranch stuff that is available either online or at the Ford dealer. Seems to work well and smells great!
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I am with Rusty. Don't use any cleaners not formulated for leather products. The finish might be damaged.

Upholstery leather is most likely chrome tanned, but possibly aldehyde tanned. Either way Lexol should be good.

Vegetable tanned leather is typically thicker, less supple, beige to brown in the natural and can be dampened and formed or tooled.
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thanks guys for all y'alls prompt responses. i'm definitely leaning towards lexol now. i read their descriptions and it sounds good. also, it dont seem too expensive for regular maintenance. now here's my next question. btw, i found a local pep boys store in Houston tat carries the products. thanks again fellas!
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When I cleaned and conditioned King Ranch seats, I tried two different cleaners. On half I used Lexol cleaner and on the rest I used Tearless Baby Shampoo (which KR Saddle Co recommended because it is a very mild cleanser). Both turned out about the same and I used KR Conditioner on it all.
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