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Blue jean stains on leather seats: cleaning advice?

Noticed yesterday that the drivers seat is covered in blue denim rub-off/stains. The jeans I wore are old/washed at least 20 times--never had problems with dye on any other leather surfaces (sofa etc). I've googled and found similar reports on Lexus, Camry, Lincoln, etc forums and varied advice about how to treat the problem. Suggestions include steam cleaning, Leather wipes, Lexol cleaner, woolite and water, oxyclean, etc--lots of suggestions but little confirmation as to what actually does/ not work. I'll also be more careful about how I enter and exit the vehicle--I'm a bit short so I do sometimes slide in across the seat.

I've not yet conditioned or done anything to the seats--vehicle is 4 months old with 1200 miles.

I appreciate any tips that you have to share about how to remove the stains. I've been reading other posts on this site about products used for conditioning seats but I've not seen anything specifically about jean stains.
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Woolite and water at a 6(water) to 1(Woolite) will do the job. A soft bristled brush may be needed. The seats are leather with a vinyl coating so a product like Aerospace 303 will keep them supple once cleaned without being greasy/shiny. I always use distilled water due to the super hard mineral content of the water where I live but it's not a must. Using high dollar leather products on "treated" leather (vinyl encapsulated) is pointless. On Euro leather (no vinyl) then quality leather products are called for.

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Thanks for that--the ratio of Woolite + water and soft bristled brush seems to have done the job. I had read about the vinyl coating and wasn't quite sure what to use--appreciate your help.
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I've had my Rav4 less then two weeks and it already has the blue jeans stains. This will get annoying if i need to clean off the seat every couple weeks.
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No problem with the cloth seats in my Limited. And I wear blue jeans 99.9% of the time.

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I've had my Rav4 less then two weeks and it already has the blue jeans stains. This will get annoying if i need to clean off the seat every couple weeks.
I'm surprised at how common this is across all different makes and models--google turned up dozens of similar stories and it seems a real problem with light coloured Lexus SUVs. I don't recall friends/family ever mentioning it--with Lexus or any others--or I may have stuck with cloth.

Get yourself some Woolite--luckily that worked--but unfortunately it's one more chore to remember to do.
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In certain cases conditioners and protectants can often cause the dye to soften and in turn, be transferred to other materials.
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Get yourself some Woolite--luckily that worked--but unfortunately it's one more chore to remember to do.
When washing spots out of upholstery, I like to suck out water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (shop-vac etc). So I will apply excess water, and then vacuum to remove the water that should have picked up dirt etc. Repeat a few times. For grease, I guess I might try the same with a solvent.
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When washing spots out of upholstery, I like to suck out water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (shop-vac etc). So I will apply excess water, and then vacuum to remove the water that should have picked up dirt etc. Repeat a few times. For grease, I guess I might try the same with a solvent.
Just be careful not to suck up any kind of flammable solvent with a shop vac! The results can be explosive!

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I have the same problem, have already clean seats twice in 2 months. I suspect is will only be worse in the summer with persperation increasing.....
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