How to clean and take care of leather garments
Leather is a fantastic material in many ways. Beautiful and versatile. Comfortable, breathable and resistant.
With time, leather will develop patina and unique character. And if treated right, leather garments are beautiful for many years.
• Clean of spots with a slightly damp cloth.
• Hang leather garments to ventilate between wearing them, but avoid direct sunlight.
• Always hang a leather garment on a well-fitting clothes hanger. If wet, dry flat in room temperature.
• Keep leather soft and conditioned with a specialist leather balm. Apply a small amount with a cloth and buff gently.
• When travelling and storing, roll leather garments to avoid fold creases.
Polishing dust on suede exists more or less on all new garments. Remove by using a brush or a tape roller.
Dirt and dust gets easily caught in suede and fur suede. Brush the garment with a soft brush or a piece of foam rubber that is not too thick.
Remember that all softer leathers can easily scratch. Be careful with sharp items.
General Care Tips
Leather is a natural product and varies in appearance depending on which part of the leather hide is used. The leather is the finest and most sturdy in the middle, the sides are looser and thinner.
If thorough cleaning is a must, contact a professional. Never was leather garments in a washing machine.
It is important to know that the lining and other details on a leather jacket do not have the same life span as the jacket itself.
Water Soluble Stain
Stains without fatty content can be removed with a moistened white cotton rag, afterwards gently rub with a dry rag. Let dry and rub leather against leather.
Stain from Foods
Wipe off with a moistened cloth, here fat stains often occur.
As always if this does not help contact a professional.
On suede this can be removed by covering the stain with chalk (scraped from ordinary school chalk).
Let the chalk absorb the fat, preferably overnight, then brush off and rub leather against leather.
On Napa garments a mild soap solution applied with a cottonrag or sponge can be used.
Fat stains may occur if it contains dairy products with
colouring matter. To remove – a moistened cloth or possibly rinse with
cold water, apply chalk and let dry – brush or rub leather against leather.
More Difficult Stains
Should be left to a professional for advice and for the appropriate treatment.
Never use petrol or other solvents that can harm the colour or the garments surface finish.
Leather and Suede
Napa is the upper side of the leather hide, simply expressed the hair side. The surface structure / grain differs between various leather hides.
Lamb napa is thin and supple, the surface structure is even and smooth.
Lamb / sheep makes for light and soft garments.
Pig napa is thin and strong, distinguishing features are small holes which can be seen along on the surface structure.
Goat napa is strong and elastic in all leather.
The surface structure has a distinct pattern.
Cow napa is strong and has a tight firm feeling.
The surface structure is smooth with a slight pattern.
Suede is the underside of leather, the side towards the animal.
The fringe / surface differs between various leather hides.
Pig suede is strong and supple.
Goat suede is very soft, short and tight.