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How do we clean steering wheels, gear knobs etc ?

Discussion in 'Autocare, Detailing, Valet, Product reviews' started by Omega, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Omega

    Omega Senior Member

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    Hi guys,

    Whats the best thing to clean steering wheels, gear knobs etc ?
    I know it might seem a daft question, but I’m not 100% certain what they are covered with, and don’t want to over do it.

    They started to get a bit sticky about 6 months ago,,,, but after someone left a window ajar in the rain yesterday, they got worse.

    Is soapy water o.k ?

    Is alcohol needed ?
     
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    Wighty Senior Member

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    Soap and warm water is what I've used in the past . Cheap ,quick and easy . Try that first
     
  3. Craiglxviii

    Craiglxviii Senior Member

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    Soapy water works well. Fairy liquid and a nail brush or old toothbrush will also work. I use Gliptone cleaner and conditioner, which I'd fully recommend. It makes the car smell of rich new leather once it's been done, for about a week :D
     
  4. alexanderfoti

    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    +1 for gliptone leather cleaner. It's great.
     
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    Flash all purpose wipes, baby wipes. Surprising the amount of dirt and whatever they lift off no matter how regularly you do it. :)
     
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    It changed the colour of my A3's steering wheel from black to grey. Gag.
     
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    Small amount of Ariel liquid diluted in bowl one
    Micro fibre cloth damped in said liquid, use circular motions to clean off what will be revolting....
    Bowl 2 with clean water and clean microfibre cloth damped to rinse off
    Apply Gliptone as Craig and Alex suggest....
    Mine differs slightly in that I have Alcantara grips
    So no Gliptone but after the 2 bowls I use a hairdryer to dry the Alcantara whilst rejuvenating it with a Nubuck suede brush......
    Obsessive, moi?:rolleyes:
     
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    As above, and I also use covers for the steering wheel and gearshift handle, whenever the car goes in a garage, or when I'm working on one of my silly mods ... Oh, and unscented baby wipes, in between proper cleaning / Gliptone treatment.
     
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    For cleaning normal leather covered steering wheels - especially ones that have gone shiny , I use a magic eraser sponge and a little bit of water.
    The results can be very impressive - just take it gently and don't rub very hard.
     
  10. Craiglxviii

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    You use a two-bowl method for your steering wheel?!

    What flow rate do you fill the bowl with? :D I have a 900 litre per second outside tap and I fill the bowl for 5 minutes straight to remove any contaminants. Is this sufficient? ;)
     
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    John has professional Bowls that are bigger than everyone elses
     
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    I use baby wipes and Gliptone
     
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    2 bowls, 3 microfibre cloths,one hairdryer and one nubuck brush, I beg your pudding!
    You’ll have to be in the region of 4 litres per minute Craig depending on the bowl size, however I would run the tap for several weeks before use and then ( and only then) run the water through a filter and additionally boil it until steaming, and allow to condensate back into the bowl
    Also only use a clear or opaque bowl so you can see the contaminants and also the condensation process
    Sure I’ve forgotten something here... :rolleyes:
     
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    You have to have big bowls to drive this car... :p
     
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    Yeah but what are you using on the car?:D
     
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    Fairy Liquid :p:p:p:p
     
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    Baby wipes followed by your leather conditioner of choice.
     
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    I second that one, baby wipes are wonderful things, and a +1 for the Gliptone. :)
     
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    Prevention is better than cure. If you pick your nose don't wipe your fingers on the wheel, swallow the bogey ;):D:D
     
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    One should use driving gloves to save contamination, they are available at all good charity shops.
     

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