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      07-11-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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Cleaning Alcantara Steering Wheel

Can anyone recommend a cleaning regime to preserve the original Alcantara finish on the M Performance steering wheel?

I hate the shiny/polished look which can develop over time, and the bobbled look.

Don't want to have to wear gloves....
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I'm scared of messing up both my performance steering wheels, so I use the black M gloves BMW sells which are really thin and nice

However, if you're on date night or something and you put gloves on... oh boy lol
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I'm scared of messing up both my performance steering wheels, so I use the black M gloves BMW sells which are really thin and nice

However, if you're on date night or something and you put gloves on... oh boy lol
Definitely agree on the second point!
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Can anyone recommend a cleaning regime to preserve the original Alcantara finish on the M Performance steering wheel?

I hate the shiny/polished look which can develop over time, and the bobbled look.

Don't want to have to wear gloves....


Sonax recently released an upholstery + Alcantara cleaner. I got it on Amazon.

Here's the way I have seen Chemical Guys & AMMO do it:

1. spray the cleaner onto a microfibre
2. firmly blot the suede -- don't rub it (you should see the dirt on the cloth)
3. blot dry with another microfibre
4. use a toothbrush or other nylon bristle brush to lightly brush the fibers upright

For more stubborn areas, you can use a horsehair brush with the cleaner and agitate it a bit, then blot dry. These are also available on Amazon for like $10.

I used this procedure on my new car's steering wheel, shift knob, and seat inserts -- worked like a charm. Avoid the urge to over-clean. You should only have to do it a few times a year unless your hands are always very dirty and grimy. The whole point of Alcantara is that it wears very well and does not need a ton of regular maintenance. I've had my car for 3 months and only done it once, and the microfibre barely even gets dirty.

The shiny/polished look only happens when people neglect the wheel and NEVER clean/brush it, or are constantly touching it with dirty hands. I would not worry about it.
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here are a couple suggestions for a clean alcantara steering wheel.

Sonax Upholstery and Alcantara Cleaner
Dr. Beasley's Microsuede Cleaner

what we do is put the product on a mf towel or applicator pad, then we wipe on and wipe off the dirt and grime. I will typically take a brush to it after to bring up the pile
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here are a couple suggestions for a clean alcantara steering wheel.

Sonax Upholstery and Alcantara Cleaner
Dr. Beasley's Microsuede Cleaner

what we do is put the product on a mf towel or applicator pad, then we wipe on and wipe off the dirt and grime. I will typically take a brush to it after to bring up the pile

Yep, this pretty much mirrors what I've heard from others. Glad to hear I got it right!
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i don't have any alcantara, but i'm a big fan of sonax products. every product i have used from them has done what they say it does.
just another product to research and consider.
https://www.autogeek.net/sonax-alcantara-cleaner1.html
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i don't have any alcantara, but i'm a big fan of sonax products. every product i have used from them has done what they say it does.
just another product to research and consider.
https://www.autogeek.net/sonax-alcantara-cleaner1.html

That's the exact product Detailers Domain linked above.
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