Leather Care Tips
Because unprotected leather is susceptible to spotting
from water and other liquids, a newly purchased leather item should
be treated immediately to prevent permanent stains. The use of too much
oil and wax, however, can clog pores, causing leather to lose its ability
to allow air in and moisture out.
Always hang leather coats on wide padded hangers. Use shoe trees in
shoes and boots. Stuff empty handbags with tissues to retain their shape.
Do not store leather goods in plastic bags or other nonporous covers.
If clothing must be stored in a garment bag, keep it open for ventilation.
Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any source
of heat. Apply a little leather conditioner when the leather is nearly
dry to restore flexibility. Follow this with a full conditioning treatment
after the leather has completely air-dried.
In winter, promptly remove any salt deposits from coats, shoes and boots
by sponging with clean water, then follow with the treatment recommended
above for wet or damp leather. To prevent mildew, protect leather from
In a dry environment, regularly condition the leather in order to prevent
it from drying out and cracking.
Do not use waxes, or silicone formulas or other leather preparations
that impair the ability of the leather to "breathe".
Never use caustic household chemicals to clean leather. Also, avoid
leather preparations that contain alcohol.
Avoid turpentine and mineral spirits as they can pull color.
Caution. Use of mink oil or other animal fats will darken leather.
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