How to care for leather goods: rules and tips
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- What you need to know about skin
- How to use a leather product
- How to properly clean different types of leather?
- How to care for leather goods to keep color
- How to care for crocodile leather products
Leather products have always been an integral part of the wardrobe and everyday life of people, and now they are very popular. The secret of success lies not only in the practicality and durability of genuine leather items, but also in their timeless elegance and attractive appearance. On sale today there is a huge number of leather accessories for every taste: bags, suitcases, wallets, gloves and the like. However, so that leather items do not wear out and lose their marketable appearance ahead of time, they need to be taken care of. How to properly care for leather products? Read our article.
What you need to know about skin
Leather is renowned for its durability and longevity. Natural leather materials are non-allergenic, and all dust and dirt adhering to them can be cleaned off (therefore, they do not pose a danger even to allergy sufferers who cannot tolerate dust).
In addition to these important practical properties, there are also aesthetic ones. Genuine leather and here is the leader among other similar materials: it looks great, has a delicate aroma and is pleasant to the touch.
Skin benefits include:
- Flexibility: the ability to stretch and take the desired shape, while maintaining strength. This is especially true for leather shoes and accessories.
- Long service life: leather does not deteriorate over the years, but only improves, like high-quality wine. Frequent and active use of leather things reveals the beauty of their texture and helps to manifest their natural character. If you properly care for genuine leather products, they will delight the owners for many years.
- Aesthetic properties: genuine leather from the skins of various mammals, reptiles and even fish is a huge variety of patterns and textures. The tactile properties of the leather and the characteristic light fragrance further enhance its attractiveness.
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How to properly clean different types of leather
Cleansing the skin properly
- Raindrops leave characteristic traces on velvety surfaces. After rain, after drying the product, comb it with a brush in different directions so that the crumpled villi rise.
- If a stain of oil or fat has formed on a leather product, sprinkle it thickly with crushed chalk and leave it in this state for a day. After that, shake off the chalk and clean the accessory with a brush. However, chalking is not always required: some grease stains can be removed with absorbent paper.
- Ballpoint pen marks can be removed from genuine leather with a white soft eraser. After that, remove the remnants of the eraser with a cloth. You can take care of the skin additionally by treating it with a special cleaning liquid.
- It is better to dry-clean bags and other leather accessories that have had time to get very dirty and do not try to clean them yourself.
Caring for velor leather
To remove dust from velor products (meaning fine dust from the skin itself, which creates discomfort when worn), you can:
- vacuum the leather item using the suction nozzle;
- wipe with a damp cloth;
- or treat with a roller with a sticky surface.
Velor accessories are cleaned from ordinary dust with a special brush. This must be done regularly, taking care of the products.
Greasy places, dirt stains and glued areas of velor are cleaned with a special brush designed specifically for this material.
Oil, grease stains and other similar stains should be:
- spray with a stain-removing spray intended for cleaning leather and wipe with a cotton cloth;
- if the pollution is strong and deep, the rag is replaced with a sponge stone for velor or a brush.
Caring for velor fur (pelzvelour)
This material is obtained from the skins of goats, sheep and lambs. After dressing, fur remains on the inside, and a velor leather surface on the outside. Fur-velor is cleaned as follows:
- Wet wool is combed against the direction of hair growth, then ironed through the cloth, setting the optimum temperature for wool.
- If needed, the fur fibers can even be styled with a spray of hairspray.
Putting in order fur-nappalan (pelznappalan)
From the front side it is velor covered with a thin smooth film of paint, from the inside — fur. Take care of this material like this:
- It is advisable to carry out a thorough protective treatment (before starting it, you need to try to process a small inconspicuous area of \u200b\u200bthe product in order to see the effect).
- On nappalan, water stains and various impurities are very noticeable. They can be eliminated with an elastic band or a special sponge, or use a special soft engraver to work with leather.
- Do not use liquid stain removers.
Keep in mind that caring for nappalan is difficult, but possible. Its chemical treatment requires special care, so it is better to contact a specialized dry cleaner for this service.
Nappa Leather Cleaning and Care
This natural tanned material has a smooth, slightly glossy surface that is partially coated. Its varieties are aniline and semi-aniline leather. To obtain these types of skins, the skins of animals are tanned and covered with dense layers of paint and synthetic resins. Such leather gets dirty much less than regular, uncoated.
Dirt and dust can be easily removed from the nappa with a lather of a special leather cleaning soap. In this case, it is impossible to wet the material through and through.
The shiny, moisture-resistant nappa coating wears out over time, keep this in mind.
Features of semianiline skin care
This variety of nappa is dyed with aniline dyes, as a result of which a light, uniform layer of colored pigment forms on the leather surface. When caring for products made from such leather, observe the following rules:
- Traces of raindrops are removed with a soft washcloth for cleaning leather.
- To restore the fat layer, you need to treat the surface of the product with nappa cream using a soft sponge.
- Deep and complex contamination is eliminated with special cleaning compounds.
- If you purchased an item made of aniline leather, thoroughly treat it with water-repellent and dirt-repellent compounds before use.
- Rain and water splash stains can be removed with a sponge or leather rag.
- The scratch should be carefully rubbed by hand until it is completely gone.
- There is nothing special to do with fat spots, they will disappear by themselves.
- Treat greasy areas with a hard elastic band for the skin.
- Aniline leather cannot be treated with nappa creams.
Nubuck and its care
This is a kind of genuine leather, polished from the front side and having a barely noticeable short pile.
Care for nubuck products in the same way as velor products.
This is skin with an uneven surface, covered with wrinkles. It is resistant to dirt, so it is easier to care for it than other types of natural leather. Necessary:
- Periodically treat the surface of the schrumpf with protective compounds for the skin.
- Remove all dirt with an elastic band or a leather washcloth, and then lubricate with nappa creams.
Leather with embossing and patterns
Usually, velor and nappa are covered with drawings and embossing. Such decorated skins are cared for in the usual manner described above.
Washing and caring for washable leather (waschleder)
To make leather or suede washable, it is subjected to chrome tanning. As a rule, such materials have a slightly silky surface and are dyed in natural colors.
Washable leathers can be washed by hand in plenty of lukewarm (about 30 °C) water, with a heart soap or a special soap for leather.
After washing, thoroughly rinse the washable leather product, but do not wring or hang it up. If soap particles remain on the skin, it can quickly greasy, which is why rinsing is so important. To dry, you need to spread the skin, placing a towel or cloth under it. Washable leather items can even be ironed inside out by setting the temperature for woolen fabrics and placing the fabric between it and the iron.
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Natural skin care folk remedies
Natural leather, for all its durability, is subject to many negative external factors, which most often lead to a change in the color of the product. So that the leather accessory does not lose color, it must be carefully looked after from the very moment of purchase. If something went wrong and the product still faded, you can try to restore its color using a few simple tricks:
- So that the white bag does not turn yellow over time, it must sometimes be wiped with milk mixed with beaten egg whites.
- If a black or brown bag has lost its shine, treat it with lemon juice — this will make the skin shiny and the color more saturated.
- To maintain a rich brown color, leather products are cared for as follows: they are periodically wiped with a soft cloth wrapped in coffee grounds. In such a simple way, you can restore the skin and shine, and color. There are other ways to use coffee: for example, dip a toothbrush into wet coffee grounds and walk it over a leather product. At the end of such a wet cleaning — wipe the product with the same brush, only dry. With the help of coffee, you can take care of bags and accessories made of leather not only brown, but also dark shades: wine red, black, dark purple and the like. However, light skins, especially white ones, cannot be treated with coffee grounds!
- You can restore the brightness and shine of a leather product by washing it in a weak warm solution of ammonia and then wiping it with castor oil, glycerin or petroleum jelly.
- If you cut an onion head in half and cut the surface of natural leather with a cut, this will not only update its color, but also make the texture more noticeable. This method can also be used to remove stains from leather bags.
In addition to these folk ways to bring leather products in order, there are special tools for tinting leather. They can be purchased in stores. The main thing is to use them very carefully, treating only stains, faded or worn areas of the material.
How to care for crocodile leather products
Genuine leather of exotic reptiles — crocodile, alligator, caiman — is not only beautiful and luxurious, but also occupies one of the leading places in terms of strength. However, even crocodile skin can become rough, lose elasticity and lose its marketable appearance if it is not properly cared for.
Crocodile skin is cared for as follows: periodically wipe the leather product from dust and dirt with a soft cotton cloth slightly dampened with water. Alcohol must not be allowed to get on the material: when it dries, it will corrode the skin, and a hole may form on the product.
You should also refuse to use other potent substances in addition to alcohol: various aggressive household chemicals and non-alcoholic solvents. They, too, can damage the natural protein layer on traditionally tanned leathers, or change the color of the item, making it more faded, worn, or stained. It is unacceptable to take care of crocodile skin and standard products — conditioners and leather cleaners. They can, at worst, spoil the product, at best, simply increase pollution (even more dust and specks will stick to the accessory).
The best option for caring for bags and other accessories made of exotic reptile skin is to clean them monthly (or twice a month) with a damp, clean cloth with the addition of special products appropriate for this type of skin.
In extreme cases, you can wipe leather products with soapy water, but it will be necessary to remove soap residue before they dry on the surface of the product. Ideally, you should use reptile skin conditioners and cleaners, which are lighter in composition than any soap or other all-purpose cleaners.
The processing of crocodile skin with natural beeswax brings great benefits. It contributes to the preservation of the material, moisturizes it. Wax should be gently rubbed into the surface of the skin (one layer is enough, several will be too much), and then slightly polish it. It is better to choose a wax of a neutral color: this way you can be sure that it will match the color of the product.
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