How to Extend the Life of Your Leather Pieces
Sure, tender loving care isn't necessarily something you think about when you're considering leather jackets, but in this case, it's an important part of protecting your investment! Leather is one of nature's most durable materials, but that doesn't mean that you can ignore it and have it last as long as you'd like. Leather outerwear, in particular, is susceptible to stains or spots. If you perform a few simple steps to keep items in good shape, you'll derive many years of enjoyment from your leather pieces.
Stop Those Spots!
The first step in protecting and preserving a natural material such as leather is to remove any obvious spots. Leather is more delicate than cotton or nylon, and can't be scrubbed or popped into the washer and dryer. Instead, you'll need to use one of the following methods for spot cleaning:
- Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently remove a stain.
- Make a mixture of one part lemon juice to one part cream of tartar; let the paste sit for several hours before gently wiping clean.
- A mixture of one part water to one part white vinegar works great for removing road salt from leathers.
- Commercial moisturizing soap is another option! Bring it to a lather on the leather and then wipe clean.
The most important thing to remember is that you always want to test a small, hidden area of the leather with any cleaning solution before you use it on a larger and more visible area. Always go with the grain of the leather and not against it to prevent damage. Also, these cleaning tips are not valid for suede or other ultra soft or textured types of leather. While all of these options are safe for most types of leather, it's better to be safe than sorry!
Conditioning and Care
Now that any random spots have been removed from your leather pieces, it's time to give it an overall cleanse and conditioning to keep it looking its best. Use a good quality leather cleaner to wipe down the leather, carefully following the directions on your product of choice. Once that step has been completed, you're ready to add a light coating of mink oil as a protectant. Some leather care pros recommend using a hair dryer to lightly heat up the leather before applying the mink oil, as it may help it sink into the leather more deeply. Wipe off any excess oil and let the mink oil dry overnight on the leather. Reapply as needed.
Are you cleaning your leather often enough? While you don't want to overdo it, a regular cleaning helps protect your natural leather clothing and accessories while maintaining the material's natural beauty. Find out more about leather cleaning and stock up on the latest brands and styles in Renegade Classic's newest showroom in Lexington! Contact us today at 859-365-0846 if you have any questions or need details on caring for your leathers.