Tips, Tricks and Thursday: Leather Clinic – Furniture, Footwear, Bags, and More


For those who know, having leather goods, whether furniture, shoes, bags, jacket or even leather interiors in your car command a level of respect. However, if you’re considering any leather goods you may have some questions about how leather differs from fabric.

Not to worry, we got you covered. Here’s what you need to know about leather furnishings and how it compares to fabric furniture. We’ll show you the benefits of leather and what you need to know about cleaning this material.

4 Benefits of Leather

There are many benefits of leather, whether you choose the material for your furniture or footwear.
Durability: Unless your children think your new leather couch is a writing pad or a scratching post, your leather furniture is as safe as any other furniture in the house. For more peace of mind, select a protected leather for your furniture, which has an extra finish applied to it. This helps protect the leather so kids can sit on the couch with none of the usual worries.

Long-lasting: The fact is, leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime. Since leather is a natural product, aging brings out its natural patina, making it even more beautiful over time. And since leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come, this is a purchase that makes a sound investment. You’ll find that leather lasts much longer than fabric and can be a better value.

Steady Temperature: Leather seats in a car get hot in hot weather and cold in rainy season. But for leather furniture indoors, you’ll find that it warms to your body heat in during rainy season or harmattan. In the hot season, since it’s natural and can breathe, leather stays pleasantly cool. Just keep it out of the sun (which is hard on the colour, too).

Easy Maintenance: Leather is easy maintain and care for. To clean leather, just use a conditioner every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they occur with a clean cloth. Avoid using normal cleaning supplies—like soaps, detergents, solvents, etc.

·         Recommended cleaning conditioner: Weiman Leather Cleaner & Conditioner. It has UV protectants in it to keep the sun from drying out the leather.
Top 8 Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean a leather couch, purse, or shoes, follow these must-know tips first to prevent stains or scratches.

1.    To make sure your cleaning products and method are a match with your leather, test it out on a hidden spot first — like inside the hand opening on a glove. At the first sign of colour bleeding or fading, you should stop what you’re doing and take your item to a pro.
2.    Prevention is the best form of protection. Treating leather and suede regularly helps them look their best. Try Kiwi’s Protect-All.
 
3.    For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.
4.    Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, or ammonia water.
5.    For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth, then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.

6.    If the stain persists, it is recommended that a professional leather specialist clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.
7.    For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois (a type of soft pliable leather now made from sheepskin or lambskin) or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.
8.    Don’t forget water drastically changes leather. The biggest mistake people make when caring for leather clothing is getting it too wet, then rubbing the material too hard. Leather is delicate, especially when wet and the colour can come off easily, so don’t saturate or vigorously rub it while cleaning — and never immerse leather in water.
Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.

How to Clean Other Leather Items
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     Leather Jacket
Before cleaning a leather jacket, check the label and follow the recommended wash instructions. If there are none, follow these steps. Add two teaspoons of dish soap to a bucket of warm water. Mix the solution and dip a clean cloth into the water. Wring out the excess and carefully wipe the jacket, spot-cleaning any spills or stains. Quickly after you apply the soapy mixture, wipe the leather jacket dry with a second clean cloth.

       Leather Shoes
A pair of black leather boots are a fashion staple. Here’s how to keep them looking like the day you bought them. Like all leather products, spot-clean leather boots immediately if you spill any liquid on your shoes. For regular cleaning, use the same soap and water solution as described in the leather jacket description above. Another great way to clean leather boots: baby wipes. They’re gentle on leather shoes and you can keep a portable pack in your purse or suitcase for travel.

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