How to Care For Your New Leather
As an organic fabric, leather is porous and some types are just prone to staining.
-Naked leathers – unfinished leathers and vegetable tanned leathers- are all susceptible to absorbing water and oil creating stains.
-Unfinished leathers are prone to staining, thus they will darken with water.
-Finished leathers will not darken when water is applied
-Leather has a pH of 4.5 and most leather cleaners are at 10. This is OK for car leather, but not for handbags.
Pre-Treating Before wearing:
For Leather: Scotch Guard spray and Lovin’ My Bags creme are the very few pre-treatments available.
For Suede: Protective spray without silicone.
For ink, paint, and those created by harsh chemicals: generally cannot be removed but you can initially try with these tips.
We’ve discovered that a white erase (found at office supply) is effective and will generally fix the problem immediately.
Do apply white eraser (found at office supply) immediately. Ink migrates into the fibers fast and once it’s set, you’ll need professional care.
Do Not Use:
–Alcohol to remove ink stains.
–Saddle soap as it is very alkaline and will attach the leather finish and affect the pH of the leather.
Do blot with a dry cloth
For powders, dust, or mud:
Do gently use a sponge with some warm water to wipe away the stain on harder leathers.
For suede items:
Use a suede brush to gently brush away the dirt.
For salt-stained leather:
-Do use a soft cloth and warm water to gently remove the salt.
-Do item to dry in a cool, dry place.
For oil stains:
Do use corn starch. Rub it in and let the corn starch absorb the oil. Use a light bulb to create some heat, this will facilitate the absorption of the oil into the cornstarch. Brush off with a soft toothbrush. Repeat until all oil has been removed. This is good for purse handles that have darkened due to hand oils.
-Otherwise, seek professional help.
Can only be fixed by a professional leather technician.
To remove odor from handbags: Place a container of baking soda inside the bag. Heat will help release the odor, so the baking soda can absorb it. Baking soda may need to be changed a couple of times.
What to Avoid While Wearing Leather:
-Spraying hair care products and perfumes can stain and discolor the item beyond repair.
-Take care while drinking coffee or red wine.
-Do store leather in cool, dark room.
-Don’t store in sunlight as this can easily cause leather to fade.
-Don’t store in plastic bags or containers, leather needs room to breathe.
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