Leather

October 30th, 2012

Cleaning Leather

Treat stains quickly with dry cloth. A damp sponge can remove dust, mud or salt. Use leather cleaners or very mild soap such as baby shampoo. Use only warm water and rinse thoroughly. Always clean sets together so that any color change will be uniform. Condition leather while still damp with a soft cloth or by hand. Be sure to dry metal fittings quickly to avoid rust. Let leather air dry away from heat sources, do not wring. Lay on a towel or use padded hangers or shoe tries to maintain shape.

A teaspoon of bicarbonate soda crystals in a quart of water, can be wiped on piece to remove odor. Soaking a garment in water with a teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water, will kill germs. To remove mold and mildew, wipe with a one for one solution of water and rubbing alcohol.

Storing Leather

Wooded or padded hangers and shoe trees can help garments keep their shape. Store in cool, dark, dry place that is well ventilated, but away from sunlight, heat and humidity. If you wish to cover it, use breathable fabric, not plastic.

Top Tips

1) Read included care instructions

2) Make sure your dry cleaner knows how to treat Leather

3) Always treat an unobtrusive place before the entire piece

4) Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on pieces

5) To remove wax, iron with a piece of blotting or brown paper on the rayon setting with quick motions.

6) Always apply leather protector to new pieces. Spray on new piece, let dry, apply a second coat

7) Beware of coloring agents, waxes and silicon based products

8) Mink oil or other animal fats can darken leather

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