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    Can't Get/Keep Seat Clean Here in the Tropics

    I have a feeling this might have been discussed before. But I think my issue may be unique with a tropical location.

    I've had a couple of JD lawn tractors, and my new 1025r - all with the yellow seat. Here in Hawaii we have an issue with constantly warm humid air - and mildew growing on leather, in closets, etc. My vehicles are never left outside, but that yellow fabric on the seat always "grows" something on it. It looks like dirt, but I don't think it is. Maybe a combination.

    At any rate - it is difficult to impossible to get it clean and keep it clean. I've tried a half dozen different products - even ones for mold. But with all the little creases in the fabric, I just can't get it to look clean. I soak it, scrub it, but it never comes close to how it looked when new.

    Anybody have any suggestions, or at least tell me you have the same problem so I don't feel like such a maintenance failure? What an impractical color for a tractor seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by konakid View Post
    I think my issue may be unique with a tropical location.
    I've had a couple of JD lawn tractors, and my new 1025r - all with the yellow seat.
    Here in Hawaii we have an issue with constantly warm humid air - and mildew growing on leather, in closets, etc.
    My vehicles are never left outside, but that yellow fabric on the seat always "grows" something on it.
    It looks like dirt, but I don't think it is. Maybe a combination.
    At any rate - it is difficult to impossible to get it clean and keep it clean.
    I've tried a half dozen different products - even ones for mold.
    But with all the little creases in the fabric, I just can't get it to look clean.
    I soak it, scrub it, but it never comes close to how it looked when new.
    Anybody have any suggestions, or at least tell me you have the same problem so I don't feel like such a maintenance failure?
    What an impractical color for a tractor seat.
    It is a dirt/moisture mix.

    I'm in a unique subtropical climate and the same thing happens to the seats on my tractor and mower. I don't bother trying to keeping them clean on a regular basis, but when they get washed(about every 2 months), I use my electric powered pressure wash to clean it. It's a variable pressure washer that will max out at 1800-psi and works well for cleaning the seat. I use no detergent, just plain water ran through the pressure washer. It removes all the of the dirt/mildew from the seat grains and comes out looking almost new.
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    You could solve your problem by getting a Mahindra - then it'll be in the shop all the time and not getting dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    You could solve your problem by getting a Mahindra - then it'll be in the shop all the time and not getting dirty.
    Ouch.......
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