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Cleaning Our Long-Term Genesis G70's Leather Seats Was Easy

It says a lot about how reliable new cars have become when the biggest issues we’ve faced in five months’ ownership of our long-term 2019 Genesis G70 3.3T have been an occasionally blurry head-up display and a discolored leather driver’s seat. In truth, both ought to be filed under First World Car Problems.

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The G70’s head-up display was fixed under warranty by our local dealer, and it only took about 10 minutes to restore the driver’s seat to its original appearance. Here’s how to do it:

The Problem

Our G70 has light-gray Nappa leather upholstery that’s part of its optional $2,500 Prestige Package. In well under six months, the driver’s seat developed a blue tinge, predominately on the side bolsters. A result of the color transfer from clothing, we’ve dealt with this issue in a previous long-term test car, and it was especially noticeable with the G70’s light-colored upholstery.

The Solution

We reached out to Genesis for a recommended cleaner and were told to use a leather cleaner and conditioner from Meguiar’s. Available at big-box retailers and auto-parts stores, it cost about $7.

Cleaning the seats is a straightforward process. I applied the cleaner spray to a clean towel and then rubbed the towel on the driver’s seat. The bluish discoloration immediately began to disappear, and it didn’t take long before the bolsters returned to their original color. From there, I moved on to other areas that had discolored, careful to avoid applying the cleaner too thickly on the seat’s perforated sections, which allow airflow for the G70’s ventilated-seat feature.

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Going Forward

Our G70 hasn’t lived an especially hard life — daily commuting along with the occasional road trip — so I wouldn’t be surprised if the driver’s seat looks discolored again in four or five months.

That said, cleaning the seats is a small enough job that it could easily be added to a spring or fall interior cleaning along with wiping the windows and vacuuming the floormats. It doesn’t take long, and the results are worth the effort.

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