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Caring for Leather Clothing
Leather ages gracefully and can last a lifetime with proper care right from the start.
- Always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to maintain their shape. Use shoetrees in footwear and stuff empty handbags with tissue to help retain their shape.
- Never store leather goods in plastic or other non-breathable covers. This will cause leather to become dry.
- Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. Leather can be treated with a conditioner to restore flexibility while suede can be brushed with a terry towel to restore its look.
- In winter, promptly remove salt deposits from garments and footwear by sponging with clear water, then follow with the above treatment for wet or damp leather.
- Avoid very humid and dry environments as well as direct sunlight.
- Do not use waxes, silicone products or other leather preparations that impair a garment's ability to breathe.
- Wrinkles should hang out. If ironing is desired, set iron on rayon setting, use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth on right side of the garment and a quick hand to prevent overheating and shine.
- Avoid spraying perfumes or hair sprays while wearing your garment and do not apply pins, adhesive badges or tape. Wearing a scarf at the neckline will help keep hair and body oil away from the collar.
- Hems may be fixed with a tiny amount of rubber cement. For best results see a leather care professional.
- All products designed to be used at home should be tested on an inconspicuous part of the garment.
Leather is a natural product and therefore is not an easy thing to clean once it has become dirty. It is best to maintain it and then it will be protected from accidental spills and accidents. If your item is of great value, always seek professional advice.
Leather is very prone to going moldy, mold forms on the leather when it has been stored in a damp place. Bear this in mind when storing your leather products. If your item has got mold on it and you do not want to seek the advice of a professional then you must dry the product out. Do not put close to direct heat as that will damage the leather but hang it up in a warm room. When the item is fully dry then you can remove the mold with a damp cloth. Allow it to dry out again. You now need to clean the leather.
The first thing to try is simply wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge then allow to dry. Small spots and stains can removed by using a damp cloth and a leather cleaner, such as Lexol Leather Cleaner, or saddle soap. Be sure to read the directions. Then you need to give it a good coat of quality leather polish, regularly. It'll keep the leather soft and semi waterproof. You can never fully waterproof leather.
Visit a professional leather cleaner for more serious stains. Normal dry cleaning methods will remove essential oils, causing the leather to crack, fade and shrink. A cleaner who specializes in leather care will use a different method to clean and condition the leather. Even this special process may cause slight variations in color, texture, and shape; so it is important to clean matching garments together.
Leather that has come into contact with body fluids should be washed and disinfected if appropriate.
You should also consider using a specifically made leather cleaner. Follow the directions. If the piece has cleaned up to your satisfaction then treat it with a conditioner to restore its luster and replace the leather's natural oils. (Always test these products on an inconspicuous area before using). Clothing should be reconditioned every 6-9 months, which will greatly extend the life of the garment. Be careful not to soak the stitching, as this can weaken it.
If your leather becomes wet, allow it to dry at room temperature. (Never put leather in the dryer.) Then apply leather conditioner. Buff suede with a soft towel to restore the nap.
If the leather has become discolored, there are available leather sprays that can restore color to the item. Simply match the color as close as possible to the original. If in doubt, seek the advice of a professional leather cleaner, especially if it is an expensive item. They will have the expertise to repair the piece as close as possible to the original color and condition.
Any metal parts that contact skin can be protected from tarnishing by carefully applying a coating of clear nail polish.