What should I do when leather gets rain or salt from the streets on them?
Promptly remove salt deposits by sponging with clear water, then allow wet or damp leather items to air-dry naturally, away from any heat source. You can then treat most items with a specially formulated leather conditioner to renew flexibility while suede can be brushed with a terry towel to restore its look.
Does leather lose its shape?
If not cared for properly, the skins in your garment can stretch or sag. Leather jackets and shirts should be hung on wide or padded hangers to best maintain their shape. Shoe and boot trees keep footwear looking good and handbags will look better longer when stuffed with white tissue paper.
How should I store my leathers?
A dark closet that is neither too dry nor too humid is an ideal storage place. When putting garments away for the season, always place them in breathable covers, never plastic, which can dry out the leather.
What kinds of products can be used to keep my leather looking great?
Be sure to choose products meant for your item. Carefully read and follow the instructions for best results. Never use household products, waxes, silicone or any other preparations that impair the leather's ability to breathe.
My leather coat became wrinkled during travel. Can it be fixed?
It can. Most wrinkles will hang out on their own although it is perfectly safe to iron leather by carefully following these instructions. Simply set iron on its rayon setting, use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth on the right side of the item and iron. Covering one section at a time while always keeping the iron moving, wrinkles should come right out.
Are there any common things that can damage leather?
Perfumes, hair spray and your natural body oils are a few things that, over time, can discolor or damage leather. You should avoid spraying perfumes or hair spray while wearing your garment and a scarf at the neckline will help keep hair and body oil away from the collar.
The hem of my favorite leather skirt has come loose. Can I fix it myself?
You can. Small areas can be fixed with a tiny amount of rubber cement. For bigger jobs consult your local leather care professional.
I had my leather jacket professionally cleaned and the color changed. Is this normal?
As a matter of fact it is. Leather is a natural product and you can never determine exactly how it will react to the cleaning process. An recommended leather cleaner will clean the garment and then restore the essential oils that were lost during the procedure. Since the cleaner can never exactly match the method that was originally used when your garment was created, the result will sometimes be a slight change in color or texture. For this reason it is important to clean matching garments at the same time.