LEATHER CARE DO'S AND DONT'S
Few things possess the enduring qualities of leather,which is why
us such lasting pleasure and satisfaction. In fact, if you take care of your
leather investment, a high quality leather garment or accessory should improve
with age and last for a very long time.
Keep in mind that regular use enhances the suppleness and appearance
leather garment or accessory. So go ahead - wear your leather garments and carry
your leather bags often, enjoying the beauty and sensuousness of leather through
i. Gently blot up liquid stains.
ii. For spot cleaning and additional protection,
use a leather protection and cleaning solution that has all of the items necessary
to clean soiled areas and prevent staining. This applies to all leathers except
suede and nubuck.
iii. To maintain suede and nubuck, use
a suede bar and brush to periodically lift the nap and brush away dirt and spots.
cloth that effectively picks up surface soil on suede leathers and renews
suede's luxurious feeling and texture. For deeper soiling or water-based stains,
a water-based product that cleans without solvents or harsh chemicals is preferred.
iv. Visit a professional leather cleaning specialist for serious
as food and beverages. Normal dry cleaning methods often use a cleaning fluid
that draws natural oils out of leather. A leather cleaning specialist uses products
and processes based on the type and condition of leather. In any case, it is
best not to have your leather cleaned on a routine basis.
i. Don't use plastic bags
coverings for storing leather, because they
cause excessive drying. Instead, protect stored leather with cloth.
ii. Don't store leather in hot areas, such as attics, or damp areas, such
iii. Don't place leather garments in direct sunlight or heat for
iv. Never put leather in the dryer.
v. Don't keep heavy objects, such as key chains, in your pockets. Doing
stretch the leather.
vi. Don't apply pins, adhesive badges or tape to leather garments.
vii. Don't use outdated leather care products. Cleaning fluids, shoe cream,
soap and mink oil that may have worked years ago can damage today's leather garments.
viii. Never use caustic household chemicals to clean leather. Also, avoid
leather preparations that contain alcohol. Avoid turpentine and mineral spirits
as they can pull color.
# Use of mink oil or other animal fats will darken leather. Animal fat can also
turn rancid, causing the stitching and leather to rot.
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i. Store your leather coat or jacket on a well-shaped wooden,
plastic or padded
ii. Remember that leather breathes - that's what keeps it soft
and supple. Store
leather in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place.
iii. Keep in mind that wrinkles and creases
in leather and suede
Protection and Care
iv.Use a high quality water and stain repellent product to
stains and soiling. Apply immediately after purchasing your new leather accessory
or garment and reapply as needed. Be sure the leather protector spray has a non-silicone
base, because silicone will break down the natural oils that keep leather soft.
v. Use a high quality leather lotion on a soft cloth to clean
your finished leather.
iii. Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away
from any source of heat.
Apply a little leather conditioner when the leather is nearly dry to restore flexibility.
Follow this with a full conditioning treatment after the leather has completely
# To prevent mildew, protect leather from excessive humidity. In a dry environment,
regularly condition the leather in order to prevent it from drying out and cracking.
If your garment has faux fur trim and the fur gets wet,
it with a hair
dryer set on the lowest temperature. Shake fur during the drying process-and also
periodically during wear-to maximize appearance and ensure adequate loft.