Cleaning M4 steering wheel

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  1. 9 Jul 2018 at 10:34 PM #1
    AlpineF30

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    What does everybody use to clean their steering wheel?

    The wheel on my M4 is quite dirty. I gave it a good scrub with water and a cloth earlier. The wheel was quite shiny but the bit I scrubbed feels textured and matte now but I can’t get the rest of the wheel to match.

    Is it just a case of getting a leather cleaner or have I somehow ruined my wheel?
     
  2. 9 Jul 2018 at 10:41 PM #2
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    I have great results with Pears soap, from most corner shops for 70p. Dab a bit onto a sponge, and gently rub away, and the dirt should lift. I then soak up excess moisture with kitchen roll, then wipe down with a microfibre to finish. Obviously this is on the leather wheel, and not alcantara ?.Dont be frightened to give it a good going over :thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent will pick some up thanks :) was really worried about taking the finish off the leather wheel but all I used was water and a cloth so if they are quite durable i will give it a go
     
  5. 9 Jul 2018 at 11:26 PM #5
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    Mine has lost that matte look and feel. Even after a good clean it's still shiney. Don't want to use anything to abrasive but I think it needs it to really lift the dirt out.
     
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    I use a steam cleaner on my seats and wheel every 1k miles. Wipe it done with a cloth after. Always come up like new. I wrecked a steering wheel once by using a magic sponge on it after reading guff advice online. No need to use any kind of abrasives or you’ll damage the coating.
     
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    Leather driving gloves will stop all manner of detritus affecting the steering wheel
     
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    Ah fook it I’ll get some. Worth it to protect the wheel and I always tell people when they ask that I kill people for a living anyway. :muttley:
     
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    Thanks all,

    Does anybody know how durable the leather steering wheels are in these things?

    I am just slightly worried that the area I scrubbed with the cloth and a bit of water now has been destroyed as it feels quite textured compared to the smoothness of the rest of the wheel.

    I don't think a cloth and water even with a thorough scrubbing would be abraisve enough to destroy the finish on the wheel?

    I am hoping that its just still caked on dirt. I had loaned the car to a friend for a few weeks and he wears a lot of hair gel and I am guessing he has had gel residue on his hands which explains the state of the wheel lol
     
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    Shouldnt be as long as its not an abrasive cloth but if the leather is heavily worn through then it may have damaged it further. That was the issue with my M6. Ended up getting a retrim from Jack @ Royal Steering Wheels with half perforated leather for around £150 (I think) best thing I ever did after did as my wheel actually felt sticky after I'd wrecked the finish on it.
     
  15. 10 Jul 2018 at 8:53 AM #15
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    Just buy my immaculate leather M4 wheel and stop prattling about, once it’s dirty just throw it away.:)
     
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    Really hope not :( Car only has 17k on it :( Its getting ready for sale so the less money thrown at it the better lol.

    I used Jack years ago when I had my E60 535d wheel retrimmed was an outstanding job.
     
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  19. 10 Jul 2018 at 9:14 AM #19
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    I use leather wipes once a month now which makes the wheels quite wet but when you dry it by being tough with a micro-fibre it goes nice and dull again.

    I can get rid of the shiny bits where my thumbs go though, I think that's just wear because my hand are always in exactly the same place.
     
  20. 10 Jul 2018 at 9:21 AM #20
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    Baby wipes seemed to work a treat on mine
     

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