LEATHER CARE INCLUDES: CLEANING, CONDITIONING AND PROTECTION
Always Always choose a cleaner that will help preserve the natural lubricating oils in your leather product instead of stripping them. The cleaner should not leave any greasy residue behind as residue makes leather susceptible to bacteria and this can break down the stitching of your item.
It is best to take an area of your leather product, not visible to the eye, and first test it out for effect and possible colour distortion, before applying anything generally to your leather item. With a slightly dampened cloth, remove the cleaning product, For areas with stitches, use a brush.
Leather conditioners are meant for occasional use. They contain fats and/or oils that help lubricate leather and replenish the suppleness. Use product that will penetrate the strong fibres of your leather. Usually thick, greasy conditioning treatments provide the best care of your leather.
Moisture barriers are extremely crucial in preventing rain or other liquid hazards from damaging your leather product. Stiffness and spouting will occur, where the leather isn't protected beforehand. Periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow it time to penetrate and dry before using your leather item.
Fresh stains from things such as blood and food can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth. Grinding ordinary blackboard chalk, to the area, and leaving the powder on the leather item, for a twenty-four hour period, can lift stains from oil or grease. While fresh stains can be treated and cleaned at home, a professional cleaner who deals in leather should attend to stubborn stains.
To remove mildew from leather, create a mixture of one-cup rubbing alcohol per one-cup of water. Wipe the mildew area with a cloth dipped in the diluted alcohol, then allow it to dry. If the mildew persists, use mild soap and water that contains a germicide, then remove with a clean dampened cloth and allow to dry.
Remember that leather is a natural material and should never be stored in plastic because it encourages the growth of mildew and bacteria and will ruin the leather. Always store leather in a cool, dry place away from heat. If the leather item is a garment, store in a breathable bag.