Leather and suede are unlike fabrics made from natural or synthetic fibers, as they are made from the hides of animals. Therefore, they have special needs when it comes to care and maintenance. High-quality items made of these materials require special care when cleaning.
Our leather cleaning technicians at Best Cleaners can remove stains, prevent dryness and cracking, and restore softness, movement and texture.
Useful Hints & Tips for Cleaning Leather and Suede
Inspect your leather and suede garments before the first wear of the season. Look for stains, heavy soiling and repairs that may be needed.
Repair open seams, torn linings and loose buttons now. These are all small problems that can be fixed inexpensively but can become expensive repairs if ignored
If your leather or suede garment is stained or has heavy soiling, have it cleaned otherwise stains will become permanent! Cleaning adds conditioners, which keep leather soft and supple.
Have leather items conditioned annually if cleaning is unnecessary.
Consider having a "Shower & Stain" protection applied to suede items. This will potentially prevent spotting from rain showers and repel some stains.
Always treat Suede & Leather with great care - stains are much easier to prevent than to remove.
When wet, leave to dry in a well-ventilated area and make sure it is completely dry before putting away (if mildew forms it can rarely be removed). Wet or water damaged suede can generally be improved by brushing up the nap, or bring it into Dry Cleaning and Beyond for treatment.
As leather is pre-stretched in tanning it is possible that it will relax in cleaning, normally this is not noticeable.
Never clean part of an outfit, color variation may occur.
When storing never leave garments under the plastic cover (leather breaths), where possible us a cotton cover for protection.
Did you know leather and suede are both made from skins but from different sides!
As leather ages it gathers a patina that adds to the character of the garment. Have fun wearing your leather!