How to clean leather properly
Leather Cleaners specifically designed for your type of leather
Leather is a tough material, but fragile at the same time. Anyone with leather articles of any kind has wondered how to clean leather properly and what products to use. A leather cleaner that is specifically formulated for your particular type of leather is crucial! Permanent stains or finish damage and stiffening of the leather can occur when improper cleaning products are used. Leather will begin to look old, dingy and undesirable and can even cause premature aging and breakdown of the fibers when the wrong type of cleaning product is used.
Leather Magic!™ Leather Cleaners are Ph Balanced for perfect compatibility with leather. Formulated with ingredients that promote the structure and longevity of your investment so as to preserves the softness and feel of the original leather. Will not remove the essential oils within the leather to prevent drying out. Here, you will find the correct products and advice on how to clean leather using the proper products and methods. It can be difficult to know exactly which type of leather you have. Leather Magic!™ manufactures leather cleaners for every type of leather. For help in determining your particular leather type, and to ensure that you get the correct one, please Click Here.
Make Sure to Choose the Correct Leather Cleaner for Your Application
How to clean leather is not a difficult question to answer. Leather, like anything else will get soiled and dirty with use. The first thing to remember is that using the proper product is very important. Leather must be treated carefully using leather cleaners that are specific to your leather type. Leather is tough but fragile at the same time. If the wrong cleaners and chemicals are used to perform regular cleaning and maintenance activities, you may end up with results that look rather good, but in reality, may leave a lot to be desired. What you cannot see, is the slow deterioration of the structural fibers breaking down, weakening, and prematurely wearing out. Ultimately, a piece of leather that is capable of providing you with 20 - 25 years of service, now is only able to last 3 - 5 years or less!
Different types of leather require different types of leather cleaners!
How to clean leather Furniture
Leather Furniture is made from various types of leather. Leather furniture cleaners must be chosen to match the specific type of leather your furniture is upholstered with. Some leather types are more fragile than others and may be easily stained or damaged by using the wrong cleaning and maintenance products. Manufacturers labeling will sometimes help but can also be very misleading and in some cases, completely ineffective in helping you with choosing the correct maintenance products. There are some simple tests that you can perform prior to purchasing any maintenance product that will definitively tell you what leather type you have and what product you will need. For help in determining the type of leather that you have, CLICK HERE or HERE.
Automotive Interiors & Trim
Car Leather, is primarily a “Top Coated/Protected” leather and will require our regular Leather Cleaner since these leathers are most generally made with a more hard wearing type of finish.
Some auto manufacturers will use other leather types in combination with Top Coated leather strictly for appearance or aesthetic value. The most common being NuBuck or Suede. A number of years ago, some car makers tried using semi-aniline leather combinations but quickly dropped that idea due to the inappropriate application in this environment.
Jacket & Clothing, Purses & Handbags
Jacket & Clothing, Purses & Handbags, Shoes and other leather items will fall into the same category as furniture. All different leather types are used and tests may be needed to determine the type. For help in determining the type of leather that you have, CLICK HERE or HERE.
Equestrian leather will almost always require "Top Coated" products. Even though the leather is, in many cases, made from "unfinished" leather, the environment to which it is exposed requires that a much more durable and stronger maintenance product be used. Some saddles will use Suede or NuBuck as trim. These areas will require the use of NuBuck/Suede products.
So, before you purchase any leather care products for any of these items, it will be necessary to determine the exact type of leather that you have.
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One last note: Products that claim to be "Cleaner and Conditioner" should be avoided. They will not necessarily harm leather, but, they are, in reality, very ineffective. True leather conditioner is made with oils but leather cleaners are made with detergents specifically meant to break down and dissolve oils. When the two are combined, as they are with Cleaner/Conditioners, they cancel each other out. The oils dilute the cleaning ability of the detergents, and the detergents dilute the oils so that they no longer produce the lubricating properties they are meant to.