How to Clean Leather Properly

Leather is a popular material that is used to create everything from shoes to furniture coverings. Leather items can be very expensive depending on the quality of the leather, but with a constant care these goods can last for decades, making them well worth the money. Although the large variety of products made of leather, basically, the technique of cleaning is the same for the different products.

  1. Get rid of any stains before going through general cleaning with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of tartar cream and 1 tablespoon of juice. Mix the solution in a bowl, and spread it over the stained areas. Rub the mixture gently into the leather material, and leave it for 15 minutes before wiping the paste away with a wet cloth.
  2. Make a foam solution by mixing 2 teaspoons of mild liquid hand-washing soap and 1 qt. of warm water into a large bowl. Stir well.
  3. Dip a portion of a soft cloth into the soap solution and squeeze any excess liquid out of the cloth. Apply the solution to the leather material with the damp cloth using small, circular motions. Re-dip the cloth into the soapy water if needed and continue working over the material.
  4. Wipe the soap residue away using another cloth moistened with plain water, and dry the material with a clean towel. Leave the leather to rest for half an hour.
  5. Pour ΒΌ cup of olive oil into a bowl, and dip the corner of a soft cloth into the oil. A good technique applied by many professional cleaning services providers is to wrap the cloth around your index finger and then dip it into the oil. Work the oil over the leather using the oiled cloth, then wipe any excess oil away paper towels.

It is advisable to use professional cleaning services once in awhile to keep the leather items looking and smelling fresh longer.

September 19, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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