Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Personal Leather Care Techniques

Why should you care for leather? Leather jackets are fashionable, they're expensive, and unfortunately, they tend to pick up a lot of dirt.  Leather bags and purses are very susceptible to stains and spots as they’re used outdoors frequently and often placed on the floor. Many people will simply use a regular soap or detergent to tackle the stains, but this is not a good idea – soap residue left on the leather can prevent the material from breathing, causing dry patches and cracking. Instead, follow these handy tips when you’re cleaning your leather things.

Cleaning a leather jacket involves the use of specialized leather cleaning products. Wipe the surface of the jacket with a soft damp cloth, then use leather cleaner and apply sparingly with a damp sponge. Wipe again to remove any residue, and leave to dry.

Read all the care instructions on the label. Before starting the cleaning process, just to make sure there isn't a special requirement you're missing, check the instructions. Using a cloth, wipe a small amount of a very mild detergent onto the furniture. Possible detergents might include those designed for washing delicate clothes, or a saddle soap that contains oils and waxes that will help maintain the leather shine.
Conditioning a leather jacket is a very important aspect of proper jacket care. There are a wide range of leather conditioners designed specifically for leather jackets and leather clothing items. Mink oil is one popularly used leather conditioner. Leather conditioner keeps the leather supple, and prevents it from drying or cracking. Conditioning a leather jacket is very important, especially if the jacket gets damp or wet at all. A jacket should only be conditioned after it has been carefully cleaned and dried. Leave to dry naturally, closing curtains or blinds if the furniture is in direct sunlight.