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      12-09-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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How to care for Alcantara Steering Wheel?

Got mine installed. I have been avoiding palm-steering as to not abraise the material.

Should I scotch guard it? Is a little water bad for it? What about sweat?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Perfect solution:

http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_driving_gloves.htm
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alcantara tends to discolor after a few years of use... hence i usually recommend people who re-do their steering wheels with me not to do it in alcantara unless they are prepared to pay for another re-upholster in a few years time
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Got mine installed. I have been avoiding palm-steering as to not abraise the material.

Should I scotch guard it? Is a little water bad for it? What about sweat?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
The best way to clean it is with a towel and just water. Do not use anything but water. Let it dry and you're good to go. Alcantara is very durable.

I've also linked a complete Alcantara Care Manual in PDF Format. This manual was developed by the manufacturer of the material.
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I had great luck using Palmolive on my E46 ZHP. I was also careful to drive with clean hands. After four years of daily driving, the wheel looked almost new.
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I had my shift knob reupholstered in alcantara and that is a HIGH wear area. I've had it on since March and it still looks good. You just have to maintain it.

I usually vacuum it out with a brush attachment to lift all the bound fibers and dirt. Every once in a while I clean it with a solution of 1/5 - woolite/water, making sure not to soak the fabric through, then I blot the solution out and let it dry. Then vacuum again with a brush attachment to release the fibers.

It looks as good as new after that.

Maybe someone from the detailing threads can chime in here too...
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I had my shift knob reupholstered in alcantara and that is a HIGH wear area. I've had it on since March and it still looks good. You just have to maintain it.

I usually vacuum it out with a brush attachment to lift all the bound fibers and dirt. Every once in a while I clean it with a solution of 1/5 - woolite/water, making sure not to soak the fabric through, then I blot the solution out and let it dry. Then vacuum again with a brush attachment to release the fibers.

It looks as good as new after that.

Maybe someone from the detailing threads can chime in here too...
I'm not a professional detailer but I have spent my fair share of time doing it and that's exactly how I clean Alcantara. Hell, that's pretty much how I clean any fabric. Woolite/water will clean almost anything. It's good stuff.
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i believe gulf fabrics (miami) is the main importer of alcantara from italy. email them any questions.
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driving gloves is your best bet ! Pics of the steering wheel ?
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