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Cleaning Leather / Caring for Leather
Here's some helpful advice about leather care and how to clean leather, provided by the leather experts A W RUST!:
Caring and cleaning leather
Cleaning and caring go hand in hand - a little more caring means a lot less cleaning. As leather, suede and sheepskin are natural materials leather specialists A W Rust do not recommend dry cleaning, spot cleaning or other forms of specialist cleaning unless the cleaning company is willing to accept responsibility for the well being and outcome of your garment.
Many well known high street dry cleaners will ask you to sign a disclaimer before applying their cleaning processes and then proceed to damage or ruin the garment. Even when they claim to be specialists, many well known dry cleaners tend to have little knowledge about the glues and colouring processes used for different types of leather and suede construction and the chemicals they use can have very adverse effects.
Most leather, suede and sheepskin garments do not need intense cleaning and apart from looking better with age, can be cleaned simply and easily using nothing more than a few simple products and a little bit of your own time. Alternatively, in more difficult or desperate situations, contact a local leather specialist or an online company such as AWRust.
Tips for cleaning leather
First of all it is best to treat your coat with a protective spray such as Suede and Leather Guard. This spray offers some protection to your leather garment and helps prevent the ingress of water, dirt and grime in the first place.
The Outside of your Leather Jacket
It is best to treat your coat with Leather a leather conditioner and cleaner a couple of times a year or as required. On other occasions a slightly damp cloth will remove most marks or stains. One tin of leather conditioner will condition an average size jacket three times, so it last quite a long time and extends the life of your garment significantly. Leather groom cleans and conditions the leather to ensure that it stays soft, supple and strong in colour. There is no need to apply harsh chemicals to the outside of your leather which was made so carefully using gentle tanning processes to get the desired finish in the first place.
Scuffs or Colour Loss
Depending on the extent of the scuff or colour loss there are a couple of options. If the garment is slightly losing its colour because of its age then spending some time conditioning it will help. Leather often becomes dry due to heat exposure such as central heating and this can make it seem artificially dull. A little conditioner may be all that is needed to revitalise it. If you have scuffs that are fairly minor and providing you can match the colour properly you can use a leather polish like you would on footwear to cover them. If you have serious scuffs or damage then you should consider using a specialist like A W Rust to put right your garment. They can basically do anything from replacing panels of your coat to dying the leather depending on the type of leather and finishes used. If looked after, your jacket should only require attention from a leather specialist after many years of wear.
Cleaning the Lining
The lining is the another part of your leather garment that you may want to clean however often this is not required providing your garment is left to air on a regular basis and kept hanging for the majority of the time. If you do want to clean it you can clean it by hand with a sponge and a small amount of water and washing powder, being careful not to saturate your garment. Another trick for getting rid of unwanted smells like smoke etc from the lining of a garment is to lightly run a vacuum cleaner over it.
You can find more tips on caring for, cleaning and repairing leather products by visiting www.awrust.co.uk ... which you can get to via the A W Rust page here.
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