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We have had our Enclave for about 8 weeks now and I think it may be time to look into leather cleaners and conditioners. I am looking for any feedback or passionate ranting about what everyone prefers.

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I ordered the deluxe package from www.zainobros.com, based on the user reviews on the Acadiaforum.net web site. I've only used it once on my 98 Grand Prix.

The whole car cleaning process (exterior) was rather lengthy...but my 9 1/2 year old car looks like I just picked it up brand new at the dealership.

Okay, so why am I bringing this up? They also make a leather cleaner and conditioner. This stuff works amazingly well...much better than a bottle of leather cleaner and conditioner (can't remember the name of it though) that I purchased at Pep Boys a few years back.

I don't think you could go wrong with the Zaino product.
 

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Zaino is the way to go. The leather cleaner and leather condisioner is awesome. THe exterior polishes are awesome as well.
 

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Used the Zaino products as well. Very high quality products and I don't think you can go wrong. I have also used Griot's products. I've used their interior cleaner to remove bluejeans marks on my leather seats. It worked great and was quick to get it clean. Not really a conditioner however. :thumb:
 

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I have not used the Zaino product but this isn't the only website I've seen rave reviews on - the Corvette guys and the Avalanche guys also like it. I prefer the creme type conditioners and have used both Meguiar's and Tanner's Preserve.

The Tanner's Preserve is great stuff and is recommended by automotive OEM leather suppliers. The best way I've found to apply it is to leave the car sitting in the driveway (summertime works best) with the windows rolled up on a sunny day. Let the interior get really hot, then apply the leather conditioner liberally by hand. Close the doors and let it soak into the leather for a couple of hours. Then rub any remaining conditioner in by hand again. Most OEM leather today is top coated with basically a plastic coating and supposedly conditioners don't soak in. The method I use either allows it to soak in or it evaporates. I usually only do this one time a year and my leather stays looking great.
 

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I use Zaino in both my Enclave and GTO. Use the cleaner first. Then after it dries (the next day) use the conditioner. What is the best is that the conditioner smells like leather so you keep the 'new car leather' smell. :thumb:
 

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Is the Zaino product as good at cleaning as it is at conditioning.......have an '04 Suburban that is due to be sold in the very near future - seats are in great condition other than need a really good cleaning - 6 kids & sports.......... :help:
 

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You think the Zaino would help remove sunscreen? My kids seem to get it on our ebony interior, and the leather wipes I have now are not working.

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lisa said:
You think the Zaino would help remove sunscreen? My kids seem to get it on our ebony interior, and the leather wipes I have now are not working.

Thanks!

Lisa
Tried wipes, tried other cleaners - didn't work too well......hopefully we get someone who's had to do some serious cleaning on the leather.. :help:
 

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Zaino has cleaned pretty much everything I have thrown at it, including things with oils and crayons. It has a separate protectant that goes on nice, not like many products that leave a film.
 

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Any comments on the 'Mothers' brand? I purchased the leather cleaner and conditioner but haven't used it yet. How often do you use the products personally? This is my first leather interior.
 

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Thanks for the discussion on the various leather cleaners. I just ordered the Zaino products (Z-9 cleaner and Z-10 conditioner). After the rave reviews on here, I'm anxious to try them out.

I've had my Enclave for about 3 months now, and I must say I'm a little dissapointed in how the Titanium leather has held up. We're very clean people, and my seats already show lots of general wear-and-tear marks. I've never had leather seats before, so maybe this is normal. I just didn't expect, for example, my black dress belt to leave dark marks all over the lower seat back.

I'm hoping these Zanio products will make my seats look like they did when we drove it off the lot. I'll let you know what happens incase anybody else (especially those with Titanium leather) is facing the same problem.
 

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I've had my Enclave for about 3 months now, and I must say I'm a little dissapointed in how the Titanium leather has held up. We're very clean people, and my seats already show lots of general wear-and-tear marks. I've never had leather seats before, so maybe this is normal. I just didn't expect, for example, my black dress belt to leave dark marks all over the lower seat back.

I'm hoping these Zanio products will make my seats look like they did when we drove it off the lot. I'll let you know what happens incase anybody else (especially those with Titanium leather) is facing the same problem.
I have admit that I have the same issues. I have problems with blue jeans on the seats. I also have issues with "rub off " from my leather coat on both the seat and the arm rest. Maybe it is the fault of the coat, but this was not a cheap jacket. My usual cleaner that took care of the blue jean stains is not doing the trick for the jacket marks. ???
 

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I have admit that I have the same issues. I have problems with blue jeans on the seats. I also have issues with "rub off " from my leather coat on both the seat and the arm rest. Maybe it is the fault of the coat, but this was not a cheap jacket. My usual cleaner that took care of the blue jean stains is not doing the trick for the jacket marks. ???
Me three!! I've noticed in the past week that my driver's seat has a dirty black coating on it (cashmere interior). You can tell it's a stain or rub-off from something, not dirt. I figured it must be from my black trench?? To answer an earlier question, it's actually not typical--- the leather in both my XC90 and MDX didn't have this happen. In any case, I'll be working on it this weekend. I'm not sweatin' it too much.
 

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I have the blue jean rub off issue. It's only been one month! Guess I'll try the Zaino. In the meantime, would it hurt the leather to try and clean it with a baby wipe? I wonder if the leather being 'silk infused' has something to do with it? I had the same color leather seats in my Ford minivan and never had a problem in 6 years.
 

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Guess it was naive of me to think this staining problem was normal for leather this color (that's what I get for being a leather virgin).

I have the Zaino products at home but haven't yet had a chance to try them. I'm hopeful they'll work. However, I've only had the vehicle for a few months...I shouldn't need to be cleaning it yet.

It's disheartening to hear that this problem seems to be unique to the Enclave leather. Should we be complaining to GM? What would it take to get a recall on leather seats? :mad:
 

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It's disheartening to hear that this problem seems to be unique to the Enclave leather. Should we be complaining to GM? What would it take to get a recall on leather seats? :mad:
Actually it is not unique. There were/are complaints on acuramdx.org talking about the same thing on the 07-08 MDX's.
 

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Just notice the blue "jean" rub off on our drivers side leather seat today as well. My wife is going to try a leather cleaner tomorow. Kind of disappointing :eek:hno: to have that happen so soon (or even at all)!!

Our last car (Pontiac Bonneville) had leather seats and we never had any problem with it!
 

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Stop buying cheap clothes from Wal-Mart...

(Just kidding)
 

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rwagoner said:
Stop buying cheap clothes from Wal-Mart...

(Just kidding)
They won't let me in Wal-Mart, I have too many teeth! ;D ;)
 
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