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Cleaning Leather

Cleaning Leather: Always choose a cleaning medium that preserves the natural oils. Certain cleaning agents strip away the natural oils from leather. The right cleaning medium helps preserve the natural lubricants and keeps the leather supple. Avoid cleaners that leave behind any grease or residue

Cleaning Leather: Always choose a cleaning medium that preserves the natural oils. Certain cleaning agents strip away the natural oils from leather. The right cleaning medium helps preserve the natural lubricants and keeps the leather supple. Avoid cleaners that leave behind any grease or residue. They spoil the quality of leather and accelerate the growth of bacteria. Never use household caustic chemicals to clean leather items. Before use, always test out a cleaning agent on a small, less exposed area of your leather product. If it doesn't cause any color distortion after a few minutes, then it may be considered fairly safe. Clean your leather goods often and make sure they are kept dust free. Leather should always be air-dried. Never use heat to dry your leather items. While the item is drying, stuff it with rolled up newspaper or waste cotton. This will help to preserve the form. In case mildew or mould sets in, mix one part of alcohol with an equal proportion of water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wipe the affected area. If the mould remains stubborn, use mild soap and water. Wipe the excess moisture with a clean cloth and let it dry. Grease stains can be removed by sprinkling talcum powder or chalk powder on the affected area. Leave on for a whole day before wiping off gently. Conditioning: All types of leather need conditioning. It helps retain its suppleness. Look for products that infiltrate the leather's fibers. Avoid leather. Animal fat will darken the color of leather. Buff your leather to make it shine. If the leather type you have needs specialized care, it is better to take it to a professional cleaner. Storage: Leather must always be stored in cool dry places. Don't use plastic bags or other nonporous covers to store leather. It needs to breathe. Avoid metal hangers for leather garments. Instead, use plastic ones. The use of petroleum or mineral oils as they damage leather goods, if used over a period of time. Conditioners that leave thick greasy residue should also be avoided. Leather needs to be protected from the elements of nature. Too much rain, sun or snow on your leather items will lead to stiffening and cracking. If your leather items get damp, apply a little conditioner before it dries. This will bring back its flexibility. Leather can be polished to give a glossier look. Always choose a polish, which is the same color as the natural.

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