*Any tip shown below should be applied to an out-of-the-way place on the leather. Allow to dry completely. Making sure the leather won’t bleed is essential before proceeding with any method. Identify the type of leather you have.
*Recommended Leather Care is every 3 years or when something is spill. Addressing spills timely is important to full removal.
Smooth Leather can usually be treated using mild detergents like Ivory and Dove. They should be mixed with cool water and applied to the surface using a soft lint-free cloth in a circular motion. After drying 100%, the surface can be buffed using a dry towel. Car seat products, listed as Leather Cleaner/ Conditioner may be applied to maintain proper oil levels from time to time.. Every six or seven months is a good period of time to go by. Conditions in your particular skin may require an adjustment of this time frame. Heavier oils like mink oil and especially shoe polish may be too heavy for some skins used in furniture and garments. A small amount should be tested on a inconspicuous part before using on the whole garment or furniture to see if the desired effect is achieved. If a cream or oil makes the finish a lot darker, then it is probably too heavy on that skin.
Suede items should be brushed from time to time using a suede brush or a clean kitchen type brush to loosen dirt. The green part of the yellow and green sponge in the kitchen can be used to brush the nap of a suede. Extra caution should be used not to chafe the skin while brushing.
Naked Skins can be cleaned by using a wet sponge and a mild diluted detergent like Ivory liquid. The entire surface should be dampened at the same time. Re-oiling may be necessary using oil found a car seat cream.
Mildew can be treated with 50/50 ratio of rubbing alcohol and water. Use a lint-free cloth and allow to dry 100%. Re oiling will probably be necessary because alcohol can dry out the skins. Chlorine Bleach is never safe on leather.
Hair Spray is sometimes be used on ink stains. It is not a recommended method because the desired results seldom occurs. The stain may become more prominent. Finger nail polish remover (Non-acetone) can be tried, but may remove the finish. Very light applications are recommended, but a simple test in an inconspicuous place is recommended. Be prepared re color or re-oil as necessary. (Professionals have better knowledge of removing this type of stain, but there is no guaranty)
Perspiration stains cab be treated using vinegar mixed with water 75/25. Vinegar is an acid and the area should be thoroughly rinsed with a wet cloth containing fresh water to dilute the acid. Re-oiling will be necessary in most cases. Our Professional Leather Cleaning Process uses full immersion as a when treating perspiration. Garments are cleaned thoroughly 'inside and outside'. Topical solutions have purpose in preserving leather, but may not lift salts present in persperation stains.
Blood may be corrected by using Ammonia and Water in the ratio 25/75. The mixture can hurt skins when left on them too long. It is not a recommend method at home. The treated area must be flushed using water so the chemical doesn't stay on the jacket.
Gum may be removed with ice cubes. Chilling the area with the ice and then rubbing with a soft lint free cloth can cause the gum to loosen in the same way as taking gum out of a child's hair. A mild de-greaser, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits can be used on gum. Allow to fully dry and re oil as necessary Test in an inconspicuous place.
Super Glue may be removed using acetone which is the active ingredient in finger nail polish remover. Acetone will usually remove color. Acetone is UNSAFE for use on acetate linings.
Many home remedies result in color loss.
Remedies that can be performed outside of an industrial setting . Not necessarily industrial cleaning strength. Refer also to 'Leather Jacket Maintenance'
*Recommended Professional Leather Care should take place every 3 years or something is spilled on the leather. Taking care of spills in a timely manner is important to safe removal and lifespan of the leather or suede.
Safe home methods begin with correctly identifying the type of Leather and what kind of stain composition is on the leather or suede. Testing the leather fabric in an inconspicuous place is recommended before proceeding applying any technique. Some consumers can cause more damage by skipping this step. Leather garments do not require cleaning every time they are worn, like a starched shirt, for instance, Recommended professional leather care is every third season or when a spill occurs. Time will complicate the removal of a stain. Food stains can attract bugs and can cause further damage to the skins. A moth in your closet may eat holes in a cashmere sweater after it polishes off the spaghetti and butter spilled onto a suede jacket. Prompt handling of stains and spots are essential for taking care of leather apparel.
The tips and advice below will help leather last longer.
*Recommended Professional Leather Care by a company like Spotlessleather.com should happen every 3 years or when something is spilled. Addressing spills soon after they happen is important to proper care of a leather garment.
Leather Fashions stay in style long after the purchase is made. In times of economic uncertainty, protecting and caring leather items becomes more crucial to having them last. Leather jackets and other leather garments are a significant investment. Leather is durable and should outlast other natural fabrics like cotton or some synthetic fabrics. When cared for properly, they age nicely and have more value to the consumer each year. Below are some suggestions for keeping leather jackets looking and feeling wonderful.
Topical Oils and Creams
It is recommended that a healthy level of oil be maintained in the garment. Topical applications of leather oils and crèmes available in the car seat areas of auto parts retailers help maintain and extend the lifespan of leather garments. They can help repel water and make increase their stain resistant qualities. Be careful with cleaning remedies that can dry out skins. Some synthetic sprays look good when applied, but can evaporate quickly, causing the skins to dry out. Do oils apply too frequently, as a waxy buildup or film may happen. With any home remedy, try a small amount in an out-of-the-way place and make sure the product results are consistent with the desired ones. When oil is applied to a naked skin or aniline finish, it can create a undesired oil stain. Over time, the oil stain will probably dissipate; bur may be necessary to have the garment professionally treated for full removal. Leather creams and balms provide luster and necessary moisturizers to leather skins and allow proper maintenance to soft, supple leather. Shoe polish is not recommended for leather jackets and should be avoided. This type of cream is difficult buff out sufficiently and can cause a lot more harm than good. Always read the directions on the package and pay attention to the precautions. Most packaging has ‘1-800’ numbers for technicians that are happy to provide information. We accept phone calls for advice at spotlessleather.com 985.624.2606.
usually extend the life and original condition of a leather skins. Always apply oils or creams sparingly. Apply to skin in a gentle circular motion. The skin should be clean and free of dirt. Most surface soil can be removed using a damp lint-free cloth. A mild soapy solution like ‘Dove’ or ‘Ivory’ and water can help remove dirt. Allow to air dry 100% before applying oils or creams
on leather skins should be treated as soon as possible. Food and beverage stains and spots should be wiped away. Ink stains can be treated with non-acetone finger nail polish remover wipes. Be careful if trying this method. There is a very good chance the leather will require refinishing. Acetone polish remover cannot be used on acetate linings. The lining will dissolve and require replacement.
are to be applied prior to putting a leather garment on. Solutions like this have a lot of alcohol and can drying out or even color loss.
is difficult avoid in many cases. Salts occur naturally in coastal areas and are anywhere snowfall occurs. Salts are commonly used for controlling snow on roads. Wiping off garments with a damp lint-free cloth can help, but cannot replace periodic Professional Leather Cleaning by pros like Spotlessleather.com. Perspiration is another of salty build-up. Topical creams will help extend the life of leather, but salts can cause long-term damage if left uncared for. Professional Leather Cleaning will help alleviate salt accumulation.
can frighten people who are unfamiliar with proper leather treatment. Allowing the leather garment to dry naturally is recommended. Using a heat source to speed the process up is not recommended, though circulation fan can be used to assist air movement. The hair drier is a heat source and should not be used. After garment is completely dry, a topical oil treatment may be necessary. Suede may need brushing. A brush found in the kitchen may be used or you may try the green side of the yellow kitchen sponge. Caution should be used not to chafe material with too much abrasion or overworking the skin. Most moisture is repelled by a properly oiled garment skin.
is the best way to make leather last, but addressing stains in a timely manner is important. Food allowed to sit for an extended time on any fabric will attracts insects and may allow mold and mildew to grow. The moth would rather munch on the spilled gravy on your leather coat. He'll return for the cashmere sweater for his desert.
will help extend the life of the metal snaps and zipper parts. Zippers rarely wear out. When lubricated periodically, zippers will outlast the leather. When a zipper first starts to stick, apply a wax candle or crayon directly to the zipper. A zipper pull or ‘slide’ may become bent or worn. Replacement of a pull is done at a much lower cost than a whole zipper replacement. Prevention of this sort is simple to do and will allow the zipper to last. Tears and rips get bigger if they aren’t addressed in a timely manner.
is often overlooked as a part of proper leather jacket care. Cleaners will return garments in a plastic bag for transport home. Remove the bag from leather garments. They need to breathe. If dust is a concern, wrap in a fabric sheet or pillow case. Cedar blocks may be hung in a closet to help control insects and moisture. Furs have special needs. Cold Storage is recommended for Fur while not in use. A sturdy hanger should be used to aid in the jacket keeping it’s shape..
at home should only be done using caution. Pressing is possible only using the ‘warm iron (Rayon setting)’ . Use a cloth between the iron and the skin. The professional leather cleaner like Spotlessleather.com has the proper equipment for pressing out most wrinkles. *Note- Home ironing is not recommended.
*Recommended Leather Care occurs 3 years or when spills. Addressing spills in a timely manner is important.