Alcantara and Suede are really nice and soft, they look great, they can also be difficult to keep clean.
Both are very absorbent, so they absorb the oils from your skin, and any other dirt and grime. When the suede or alcantara absorbs sweat and grime the fibers become heavier and lay flat, and you see shiny bits and marks. Racing drivers have used Alcantara steering wheels for years as it gives them better grip due to this absorption of sweat, but while great for the track keeping it looking and feeling great requires some simple and gentle cleaning.
Its actually pretty simple to clean alcantara and suede, you just need to have the right gear, the right technique, be gentle, take your time, and repeat until you are happy with the results.
This kit gives you what you need. You get a bottle of Autostolz Leather and plastic cleaner (500ml), a Rockcar natural boar hair brush, and a 2 pack of the Rockcar Roadie microfiber cloth.
Spray a very small amount of the Autostolz Leather & Plastic cleaner onto the alcantara or suede, and spay a small amount onto the boar hair brush. You do not want to spray on too much, as you don't want to saturate the area. Scrub gently in a small circular motion with the brush, gently agitating the cleaner and opening up the fibers of the surface. Work in small, tight circles. The circular motion helps to spread and open up the fibers of the suede or Alcantara. The Boar hair brush is the right stiffness for this: stiff enough to scrub, but not too stiff that it will break up or damage the fibers of the suede or alcantara. Agitate for only 20-30 seconds then wipe with one of the clean roadie microfiber cloths (These are made of the same materials used in Alcantara, polyester 70% and polyamide 30%).
Repeat until you are happy with the results, and the suede or Alcantara is clean and soft again. Its really quite simple, just be gentle, don't get it too wet, go slow and repeat.
The Autostolz Leather and plastic cleaner can also be used on normal leather and plastic, as well as other materials, so you can use this kit to clean more than just suede and Alcantara, but we do recommend dedicating cloths and brushes to specific tasks or areas to avoid the risk of cross contamination. Colour coding helps a lot here.
Never use leather conditioner on suede or Alcantara, and don't use a hard brush. Always do a small subtle test spot somewhere not visible first with any chemical to test, especially suede and Alcantara as materials can differ. This kit is safe on virtually all but better safe than sorry, please check.
Included in the kit:
1x Autostolz Leather & Plastic Cleaner - Phosphate Free - 500ml
Safely and effectively cleans leather, vegan leather, artificial leather and leather alternatives, plastic, and vinyl. Can be used on most Alcantara and suede but care should be taken. Always do a small subtle test spot first to check as all surfaces are different. Removes embedded and surface oil, dirt, grime and most sunscreen. Regularly and thoroughly removing these contaminants is important to avoid premature wear of these surfaces. PH balanced. No phosphates. Gentle formula. We recommend always using a two step process of first cleaning, then conditioning. This product is specific for cleaning.
1x Natural Boar Hair Detailing Brush
Boars hair is a natural product, it is natures most durable hair, and sheds less than horse hair, making it very popular with professional groomers. Boar hair contains the same protein as human hair, keratin, and is similar in structure but thicker. It is stronger and more durable.
Boars hair stay strong and straight when wet and holds water and chemical, making it great to work with.
Great for cleaning around wheel nuts and other difficult areas, many professional detailers have multiple boars hair brushes for different areas, one dedicated for wheels, one dedicated for interior, one dedicated for engine bays etc.
The black polypropylene handle is chemical resistant and durable, with a helpful handing hole.
2 Pack of Rockcar Roadie High Quality Microfiber Cloths - Natural Brown
Very Soft All Purpose Microfiber Cloth (2 Pack)
- Our most used microfiber cloth. Soft non scratch all-purpose cloth optimal for cleaning and buffing off
- 70/30 blend high quality weave
- No scratching. Tagless, stickerless, cornerless, offset join away from the corners for durability.
- Highest quality – Made in Korea. 400x400mm, 15.75x15.75”, 250gsm
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