Leather and suede can add a sophisticated touch to your style. However, proper maintenance is needed to keep your garments looking their best. The working life of a leather piece will depend on the quality of materials and craftsmanship as well as the level of care you put into it. The appropriate care will depend on the exact style and materials of leather or suede garment you own.
Basic Leather Care
For finished leathers, a quick wipe down with a soft, damp cloth will remove day to day soiling. However, unfinished leather is notoriously difficult to maintain and could be stained by contact with water. As such, dry cleaning is a great option to avoid damaging your treasured leather garments.
For effective long term care, there are are two main considerations for leather clothes, namely conditioning and waterproofing.
Over time and with repeated use, leather garments can become dried, leading to a worn-out look that may even progress to cracking. Leather conditioners are designed to keep your leather garments moisturized, supple, and looking great.
Leather conditioners are easy to apply – simply rub the product into your leather garment with a soft cloth, using as little as required to coat the whole surface. Wait for your leather to dry and you’re good to go!
Leather waterproofing treatments are designed to maintain the waterproof properties of conditioned leather. Options include creams, waxes, creams, and sprays.
While conditioning and waterproofing your leather isn’t difficult if you know what you’re doing, there are a lot of products on the market. It can be a challenge to choose the right one for your item if you don’t know what to look for.
You can ensure your expensive leather piece looks great and lasts a lifetime by leaving the job to the professionals. Leather dry cleaning will leave your garments clean, conditioned, supple, and looking like new.
Basic Suede Care
Suede is a special type of leather made from the underside of the animal’s skin. Due to its textured, or napped finish, suede requires specialized care.
To remove day to day soiling, you can gently brush the fabric using a soft clothes brush.
Like unfinished leather, suede can be damaged by contact with water.
While spray products which condition and waterproof your suede are available, they may not be suitable for all garments. Many a treasured suede piece has been ruined by customers looking to save on a dry cleaning bill.
Dry Cleaning Takes the Hassle out of Leather and Suede Care
Whether your signature style is leather or suede, a quality dry cleaning service is your best bet. The professionals at our four Manhattan locations are fully trained in cleaning and maintaining your expensive leather and suede garments. We’re always available to answer your questions, so call us now for advice or a quote.