LEATHER PROTECTION AND CARE
Updated: Oct 12, 2018
Laffon leathers care and protection advices.
Use a high-quality water and stain repellent product to help prevent water stains and selling. You must avoid products that use silicone and wax. Those ingredients break down the natural oils in leather. We recommend to use proven Leather and Suede protectors for all types of leather and suede. Apply immediately after purchasing your new leather item, and every two or three months with regular use.
Use a high quality leather lotion on a soft cloth to moisturize your finished leather.
Avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil. These products contain ingredients that may damage leather.
We recommend that you test any protection and cleaning products on a hidden area of the leather.
Don't keep heavy objects, such as key chains, in your pockets. Doing so will stretch the leather. Avoid applying hair sprays and perfumes while wearing leather.
Don't attach pins, adhesive badges or tape to leather, as it will damage the leather.
Repair hems with a small amount of rubber cement
Gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth.
When winter salt stains your leather, wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry naturally.
Visit a professional leather cleaner for more serious stains. Normal dry cleaning methods will remove essential oils, causing the leather to crack, fade and shrink. A cleaner who specializes in leather care will use different methods to clean and condition the leather. Even the special process may case slight variations in color, texture, and shape; so it is important to clean matching garments together.
Care when wet
lf your leather becomes wet, allow it to dry at room temperature. (Never put leather in the dryer.) Then apply a proven Leather and Suede protector. Buff suede with a soft towel to restore the nap.
If your garment has fur trim and the fur gets wet, dry it with a hair dryer set on the lowest temperature. Shake fur during the drying process, and periodically during wear to maintain loft and maximize appearance.
Store your leather coat or jacket on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain its shape.
Store leather in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place. Avoid hot areas, such as attics; or damp areas, such as cellars.
Cover your leather with breathable cloth, like a cotton sheet, when storing. Plastic bags or coverings will cause excessive drying.
Wrinkles and creases in leather should hang out. If ironing is necessary, place heavy brown paper over the leather and use a cool to medium iron. Take care not to overheat the leather, which will cause it to shine.
Avoid exposing leather to direct sunlight or heat for prolonged periods of time.