Caring For Your Leather Clothing
Once Adam and Eve removed the fig leaves mankind has worn leather. The look, feel and durability have made it a lasting fabric of choice. Special care is needed to insure your leather continues to have the same luster and feel.
Since Leather breaths, do not leave your leather garments in a plastic garment bag hanging in the closet. A cloth cover will keep the dust off and allow it to breath.
If you absolutely must iron the item, set the iron on the lowest possible setting. Never use steam! Place a heavy brown grocery bag, or some felt paper on between the garment and the iron. Iron Quickly, and avoid overheating!
To clean your leather take it to a professional that knows how to clean leather, as normal dry cleaning is not the best method. Always clean matching items at the same time, this helps to insure that the slight variations in color will continue to match. Do not be surprised if the garment is tight after cleaning, this is normal, it will stretch back to the normal fit while wearing.
With proper care your leather will last a life time and beyond.
Always hang leather clothing on wide or padded hangers to keep their shape.
Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. Leather can be treated with a conditioner to restore flexibility.
A damp cloth or sponge will remove salt deposits from bad weather.
If using a cleaning product, test it in a small area to insure it will not damage the leather, and insure that it is not wax, or silicone based as this will prevent the leather from breathing properly.
Rubber cement is a good way to repair hems, or use a special leather needle and thread. A seamstress should have what you need.
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