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Is it real leather? :confused: Does it need some moisturizer from time to time?
 

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Strangely yes it is real leather as well as the gear shift, but seats are pleather. I'm sure the softex is MUCH cheaper than real leather but Toyota still charges for it as if real. I've heard that all the coatings on the leather in cars prevents any penetration anyway. Even for seats. It's a good racket though for the leather conditioner companies. You don't really want your steering wheel slippery though anyway. Eventually it will wear no matter what you do since it's always in contact.
But that's just my 0.02c.
 

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The best way to keep your steering wheel looking nice is to just wash your hands before driving. I can't tell you how many disgusting steering wheels I have had to touch that have years of grime caked into them. I always wash hands before getting in (I literally have a water dispenser, soap, and a towel in the trunk), and it keeps that nice, soft leather finish. Since there is a protective coating on the leather anyways, this cuts down on the number of times the steering wheel would actually need to be cleaned, and I would think helps preserve the longevity of the coating. I really wouldn't put any leather conditioner on it. It probably won't soak in and will just make the steering wheel slippery and your hands smell funny after each drive. All I know is the cleaning my hands method means that when I take a clean, damp cloth to the steering wheel, it stays clean (does not turn black like some wheels I have cleaned... ewww).
 

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The best way to keep your steering wheel looking nice is to just wash your hands before driving. I can't tell you how many disgusting steering wheels I have had to touch that have years of grime caked into them. I always wash hands before getting in...
If only the mechanics at the dealership did this...:frown
 

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If only the mechanics at the dealership did this...:frown
Yeah, I've seen mechanics on the shop floor go from holding a greasy part to jumping in the car to move it. I usually just buy some of those plastic steering wheel covers for services (100 pack for $15 on amazon!). The European car specialist I go to always puts these on the steering wheels and a plastic seat cover on (I already have seat covers on). I think the dealer thinks I'm crazy for bringing my own wheel cover, but at the end of the day, I have a clean steering wheel. :wink
 
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