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Leather Protection & Care

 

Protecting Leather:

  • Avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil. These products contain ingredients that may damage 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.
  • 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.