Leather and Suede looks good and you look good wearing it, to keep it that way, CLEAN IT EVERY YEAR. Our leather specialist knows how to best clean and restore your leather garment. Always clean all matching items at the same time. If staining occurs, bring it to us as soon as possible. DO NOT try to remove spots yourself. And because we are very good at what we do, if there are concerns about a particular garment, we’ll take time to advise you before proceeding.
To Keep Your Leather Looking its Best Between Cleaning
- Wear a scarf to protect the collar area from body oils and perspiration. Heavy staining of any kind and ground-in dirt is not a friend of leather.
- Allow leather to air-dry away from heat if it gets wet.
- When you’re not wearing it, keep it in a cool ventilated area.
Leather can dry-out or mildew if stored in a hot or humid environment.
Leather likes the same comfortable environment that you like.
- Never leave leather in a plastic bag.
It’s a natural animal hide-not a piece of fabric, so, even with the latest and best care technologies, some change of appearance can result. When you purchased your leather garment, it probably had a hang-tag that emphasized the nature of the variances in color, textures as characteristics that make each garment unique. That’s a nice way of summarizing the following information.
Hides from different areas of different animals are used. A good manufacturer tries to match hides, texture,weight, and color with uniformity. But variations may be accentuated after cleaning.
Scar tissue and vein marks are inherent to natural hides. It is typical that scar tissue or other imperfections are‘filled’ before dyeing; the result from cleaning may reveal these imperfections.
Naturally occurring wrinkles – are made less noticeable by the leather tanner through a special process. These wrinkles may reappear over time with natural aging. The agitation of cleaning can accelerate this condition.
The danger of overstretched hides – When cleaned, relaxation shrinkage in one or more hides will cause a change in the dimensions of the garment. In most instances, when you wear your garment this snugness should dissipate, once again conforming to the size and comfort you enjoy. Snugness can also occur over time, as the various hides tend to return to their most natural dimension.
Poorly formulated construction adhesives – can dissolve during cleaning causing shaded areas. This is most often noticeable around seams and hems.
- Color changes – Although color may initially appear to be uniform, over a period of time, even without cleaning, color changes are likely to become more evident. Exposure to light and atmospheric gases can cause leather dyes to oxidize. Our professional re-dyeing methods may make this condition less objectionable, but it is a natural occurrence.
- Spots and stains. Protein stains such as blood, egg or milk are, at best, difficult to remove from a natural hide because leather is also a protein. Dyes used to re-color a garment typically will not completely cover the stain. Saturated ink stains are virtually impossible to completely remove. Our leather specialist always tries to go as far as possible to remove as much as possible.
- Chemical burns. Spots appear as puckered areas with a hard center. Caused by contact with moisture combined with heat or other staining substances containing salt, this circumstance results in permanent damage that cannot be reversed.