How to clean dirty colored stitching; steering wheel, seats etc

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BMW tri stitch m color steering wheel clean
Problem: Dirty stitching on steering wheel (or seats, armrest, boots etc.).
Application: All model BMWs
Solution: Use dish soap with water and a clean toothbrush.
Cost: FREE / $1

M stripe tri stitch cleaning:

Human hands naturally produce oil which will work its way onto the stitching of your steering wheel over time. If you have black stitching, this is not a major deal as you will most likely never notice.  However, if you have custom colored stitching or the M stripe tri color stitching as found on the M cars you will notice the vibrancy of the stitching color will over time.  Many miles pass and hot summers lead to sweaty hands which will ultimately require the need for cleaning.

Luckily the process and supplies are cheap and simple. The key ingredient here is dish soap.

What supplies are needed?

  1. Dish soap
  2. Empty bowl
  3. Water
  4. Clean tooth brush
  5. Clean drying rag

Why is dish soap the key ingredient?

Dish soap is a natural degreaser.  Dawn soap is actually used to clean the oil off wild life animals in the ocean after oil spills, in addition to cleaning greasy dishes.  Because of its awesome power to remove grease and oil, it is a perfect solution to remove the natural oils human hands produce and transfer to the steering wheel after normal use.

How much time is needed?

About 15 minutes total for one steering wheel. 

What is the process?

Simply apply a few drops of dish soap to an empty bowl, then add tap water.   Room temperature to cold water temperature is preferred.  The tooth brush should be brand new or completely clean from any grease or debris.  Do not use a used tooth brush from cleaning wheels. You can get a three pack of brand new tooth brushes from Walmart for 99 cents, get a few packs.  The tooth brushes will eventually go to use, they come in handy when cleaning your car; or your teeth.

Dip the clean tooth brush in the soapy water and start to gently apply it to the stitching.  Go in different motions.  Swirling left, then right, then straight back and forth.  It is very similar to brushing your teeth.  After a few passes rinse the brush in the water and continue.  The more times you dip the tooth brush in the solution the more clean soap you will have to clean the soiled threads.  

Do not over scrub the stitching.  It does not take much  pressure at all to clean the threads.

You should begin to see color coming back to the colored threads as the grease is removed.  Take the clean rag and lightly wipe the dirty water from the steering wheel.  Continue to brush the remainder of the threads until the whole steering wheel is done.  Other stitching found on the seats, shift boot, arm rest etc. all can be cleaned using this procedure. 

 

BMW colored steering wheel stitching thread cleaning
BMW colored steering wheel stitching thread cleaning
BMW colored steering wheel stitching thread cleaning
BMW colored steering wheel stitching thread cleaning
BMW colored steering wheel stitching thread cleaning

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