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Will we regret cream leather seats?

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Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 14-Oct-20 13:37:46

Looking at second hand cars and many have cream leather seats. We have DC aged 4 and 6. Is this a terrible idea? Will it constantly look filthy?

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SoddingWeddings Wed 14-Oct-20 13:40:58

Well, do you want the car to remain looking pristine, or are you happy for it to become weathered?

Personally I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole - I find leather seats stick to the skin in summer, freeze you in winter and end up looking very worn no matter what you do.

Lottieskeeper Wed 14-Oct-20 13:43:12

Leather is very wipeable. Much more practical than cloth or velour.
Baby wipes get most things off.
We have a cream leather sofa and have managed to clean all sorts of mucky things off it.
Would definitely not let it put you off a car that is otherwise perfect. Obviously dark leather is slightly easier to keep clean.

One thing I would watch out for is matching cream seatbelts. I had those once and they got very grubby and couldn't get them clean.

PegasusReturns Wed 14-Oct-20 13:45:24

Only if you’re not keeping the car once it gets to 4 years old- they wear badly even without children.

Ohalrightthen Wed 14-Oct-20 13:46:17

Yup, yup, yup. Dark colours are your friend.

Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 14-Oct-20 13:48:17

We have dark leather seats in our current car and I don’t have a problem with leather itself - we have heated seats so lovely and warm in winter and they clean up well.

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Lottieskeeper Wed 14-Oct-20 14:47:37

If you think leather wears badly you may be buying the wrong cars.
We have 4 cars between me and my husband, built between 1967 and 2005 all with leather seats.
The 2005 one has done 150k and the seats are like new. All of the seats are in good condition.
It does pay to buy quality.

FelicityPike Wed 14-Oct-20 14:55:27

Yes. Yes you will.

TheShapeJaper Wed 14-Oct-20 15:04:37

I find leather seats in a car much more practical than cloth. I have kids and a dog and just use a baby wipe on any mud or dirt. My car is four years old now and the interior looks at good as it did on day one.

PegasusReturns Fri 16-Oct-20 08:52:25

It does pay to buy quality

What constitutes quality in your mind? Before my current car I had a Q7 with cream leather seats. So tired and worn when I got rid after 4 years. sad

Elai1978 Fri 16-Oct-20 12:26:13

What constitutes quality in your mind?

Not Audis certainly.

PegasusReturns Fri 16-Oct-20 12:49:31

@Elai1978 how predictable hmm

Perhaps you could opine on what is since that was my question.

Elai1978 Fri 16-Oct-20 13:07:10

Perhaps you could opine on what is since that was my question.

Lexus for a start

byvirtue Fri 16-Oct-20 13:10:57

Leather over fabric in cars everytime (we have both).

Our cream leather seats are almost 10 years old and look great even with a child and dog.

PatriciaPerch Fri 16-Oct-20 13:17:27

it's got leather seats and a CD player?

they do get hot in summer, like someone said but yu can clean cream leather seats smile and there are specialists who can clean them for you

PatriciaPerch Fri 16-Oct-20 13:19:24

something like this will work
but I'm an upholsterer and tbh we use washing up liquid ALOT to clean stuff and let it dry and use a wax

longcoffee Fri 16-Oct-20 13:19:50


Kids aside, jeans will leave a sweaty bum shaped blue shadow.

Told my husband this when he bought a car with cream leather interior. He didn't believe me. How I laughed as he scrubbed.

purringpaws Fri 16-Oct-20 13:58:02

I've had both colours in leather and black looks much grubbier than the cream. Muddy food scuffs really show up on the black

I've had the same experience with kitchen floors !

TOFO1965 Fri 16-Oct-20 14:06:16

Leather wears very well, I don’t understand the comments that state it doesn’t. Cream will suffer from colour transfer tho, don’t wear jeans! Darker colours are better.

PegasusReturns Sat 17-Oct-20 10:44:41

Leather wears very well, I don’t understand the comments that state it doesn’t

I find that the leather starts to crease on the side of the front seats and that leads to small cracks/a worn look. As I said in my last car it looked really bad after about 2.5 years. Was disappointing - but as a PP pointed out I wasn’t buying quality grin

That said cloth also wears so I still went for cream leather in my current car.

Funf Sun 18-Oct-20 17:39:15

Now this shouldn't be used on leather but used it our cream suite and several cars, bath room trainers its just great, local Valeters recommended it
Then feed the leather with this

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