Leather Protection & Care

Protecting Leather

  • Use a high-quality water and stain repellent product, like our Wilsons Leather and Suede Protector, to help prevent water stains and selling. Our special natural leather cleaning formula is free of silicone and wax. ingredients that break down the natural oils in leather. We recommend Wilsons Leather and Suede Protector for all types oi leather and suede. Apply immediately after purchasing your new leather item, and every two or three months with regular use.
  • Use a high quality leather lotion on a soft cloth to moisturize your finished leather. Wilsons Leather Lotion is specially formulated with lanolin oils to replenish natural oils and protect all fine, smooth and grained leather. Avoid using Wilsons Leather Lotion on suede or buffed leather (leather that has a nap), instead use product made for suede leather protection.
  • Avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil. These products contain ingredients that may damage leather.
  • We recommend that you test any leather protection and leather cleaning products on a hidden area of the leather.
  • Don't keep heavy objects, such as key chains, in your pockets. Doing so will stretch the leather. Avoid applying hair sprays and perfumes while wearing leather.
  • Don't attach pins, adhesive badges or tape to leather, as it will damage the leather.
  • Repair hems with a small amount of rubber cement.

Cleaning Leather:

  • Use only leather cleaning products to clean leather or suede and gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth.
  • When winter salt stains your leather, wipe with a clean, damp cloth of our Wilsons Leather Care Wipes and dry naturally.
  • 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 different methods to clean and condition the leather. Even the special process may case slight variations in color, texture, and shape; so it is important to clean matching garments together.

Leather Care When Wet:

  • lf your leather becomes wet, allow it to dry at room temperature. (Never put leather in the dryer.) Then apply Wilsons Leather and Suede Protector. Buff suede with a soft towel to restore the nap.
  • If your garment has faux-fur trim and the fur gets wet, dry it with a hair dryer set on the lowest temperature. Shake fur during the drying process, and periodically during wear to maintain loft and maximize appearance.

Suede & Leather Storage:

  • Store your leather coat or jacket on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain its shape.
  • Store leather in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place. Avoid hot areas, such as attics; or damp areas, such as cellars.
  • Cover your leather with breathable cloth, like a cotton sheet, when storing. Plastic bags or coverings will cause excessive drying.
  • Wrinkles and creases in leather should hang out. If ironing is necessary, place heavy brown paper over the leather and use a cool to medium iron. Take care not to overheat the leather, which will cause it to shine.
  • Avoid exposing leather to direct sunlight or heat for prolonged periods of time.