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Is Lexol good for my new leather or is better not to use anything at all?

I have used Lexol Leather Cleaner and Conditioner on my VW Passat for years and I liked it. The leather there had a little shine, but not a lot, and Lexol made no difference in the leather appearance. Now I have an Overland and the leather there has no shine whatsoever. I want to keep it that way, but I am not sure if I can continue to use Lexol. Does anyone have experience using Lexol in Overlands? I am also concerned about the white stitching that I have; I don't want it to pick up any color from the cleaning product or even from the dirt in the process of cleaning.

On the other hand, Jeep's owner's manual states: "Your leather upholstery can be best preserved by regular cleaning with a damp soft cloth." Also "Care should be taken to avoid soaking your leather upholstery with any liquid. Please do not use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia-based cleaners to clean your leather upholstery. Application of a leather conditioner is not required to maintain the original condition." Maybe I should not use any cleaners at all and follow manufacturer's recommendation? In that case, will the leather stay as flexible, soft, and crack-free as new? Please share your experience.

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Re: Is Lexol good for my new leather or is better not to use anything at all?

I would stick with the Mfg's recommended cleaning. Leather has a top coat that acts like a protective coating that leather conditioners are useless on.
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Re: Is Lexol good for my new leather or is better not to use anything at all?

No leather will remain crack free, whether it's treated or not. That's just a normal characteristic of leather as it wears.

I'd follow the recommendations in the manual. If you don't and the leather cleaning/conditioning product causes a problem then you shouldn't expect it to be covered under warranty.
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