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MB-Tex

EVENTUALLY,

the weather will get better and I want to do something with my mb-tex vinyl seats.
They have no tear and are in excellent condition.
I have used klasse vlr, and vinyl cleaner to remove some spots and condition the seats.

My issue is that since the seats are light ivory, I see black hard to remove grime collections in the creases of the mb-tex making the seats look older.
I have also taken one of the seats out and use water and soap but the grime is still there.

I would share pics but too cold to go and take some :-(

What are the suggestions to clean the seats thoroughly and remove the grime collection, or condition the seats?

Thank you.
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I had a little luck using gojo hand cleaner on a rag and toothbrush and scrubbing gently.
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Use a stiff brush and simple green cleaner. You can also use comet, steel wool and water. I have cleaned some very dirty and grose vintage vinyl chairs with comet and steel wool......they always came out spotless......simple green is also another great cleaner.
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When did MB begin calling their vinyl MB-Tex?
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I have used the magic eraser for challenging grime. But if you have cognac color, you can "clean" the darker parts right of the vinyl. It has been MB-tex forever! lol
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I just got done dismantling sets of 110 and 108 seats, and the former appear to be regular vinyl and the latter seem to have much in common with what I've become accustomed with later model 123/124 interiors calling themselves MB-Tex. I assume the cutoff was sometime in the late sixties?
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You sould try Spray n Wash it works wonders
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I prefer using a handheld clothing steamer (your wife, daughter or GF may have one) and it really lifts old grease and dirt from the crevices and pores, the Simple Green suggestion is also a good one as it is a degreaser made from natural components, but test in an area that won't be seen first.

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A mild white vinegar water mix will do the trick .this is great for deodorizing a smoke smelly interior too.
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The best degreaser, hands down, period, end of story, is simple green. I'm restoring a Fiat and I used the stuff to clean exterior surfaces. I'm amazed at the crud that it takes off.

If you're able, I'd recommend taking the seats out of the car and letting them warm up prior to a good scrub. Another option is to leave them there and put a blow drier or two in the car and let them run a few hours, to warm the car up.

On a W114 I once had, I recolored the seats. Prior to though, I took acetone (nail polish remover) and removed all kinds of crap with it. If you go that route, be careful or you might remove dye too...
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