Leather cleaning and care

To clean the leather is advisable to use a specific product. There are different types on the market: generic, suitable for pigmented skins; specific for nubuck; specific for oiled or waxed leathers. These products come in the form sprayable or as wipes.

Follow the instructions. The cleaning agent used should not leave a greasy film. Before applying the product, examined the effect and possible color distortion on a small hidden area. Once verified that the product is suitable for that use, apply it over the entire surface of the coating. With a slightly dampened cloth, remove the product. After cleaning, wipe dry with a soft cloth.

If you have any doubts about how to proceed, we recommend to ask the advice of an experienced professional cleaner.

Never use abrasive, for polishing of furniture products, acetone, alcohol or ammonia or detergents belonging to the family of products based caustic, such as soap or detergent for dishes. common detergents and chemical products in general can cause extensive damage requiring costly repairs.

You can also use a non-specific product such as a mild and non-aggressive detergent.

Dusted frequently to prevent dust particles can clog the pores of the skin.

Nubuck and suede should be brushed regularly and should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. Spilled liquids should be immediately towel-dried with a clean cloth clear. A soft bristle brush will help to restore the normal appearance of suede.

Occasionally or after a deep cleaning, use a product reconditioning to restore the natural appearance of the skin. These products contain specific natural oils and fats that help the lubrication of the leather and make it soft and flexible. Avoid products that contain petroleum or mineral oils. The mineral-based products not immediately hurt your leather, but can do so after a certain period of time.

Recall that the skin has already been preserved permanently in the tanning process and does not need any maintenance that the simple cleaning recommended. Most of the liquid will initially rejected by the skin, but if left on the skin for a long time, they will be absorbed. E 'then a good idea to immediately dry the skin surface if it is in contact with a liquid. If the liquid is absorbed, it will spread over time leaving unsightly streaks.

Removing specific dirt

Fresh stains (such as food and blood) can be cleaned up quickly by the skin finished with a damp cloth. While fresh stains can be treated and can be cleaned in place, now set stains should be treated by a qualified professional to cleaning.

Ink: For best results you intervene early. Use a product for the removal of stains, possibly followed by a generic product for the cleaning of the leather. Alternatively quickly and firmly rub an eraser on white stain. Try first on a small area not visible.

Grease: remove excess fat with a dry, soft cloth. Clean with a product for leather. Alternatively sprayed powder of chalk (chalk for writing on the blackboard), sprinkling the plaster on the area, and leaving the powder for a period of twenty-four hours. After a sufficient time, use a brush to remove the chalk dust. Repeat if necessary.

Wax: put a plastic bag with ice cubes on the wax until it hardens enough to be raised from the skin. Treat residual stains as if they were fat.

Chewing gum: heat gently with a hair-dryer. Use a white, clean cloth to wipe the rubber. Treat residual stains as if they were fat.

N.B .: The remedies and tips above are consistent with industrial / general professional cleaning procedures. Response should be evaluated case by case depending on the available products and the expertise of those who performs the surgery. In any case, the Penelopeoggi assumes no responsibility for any damage caused by cleaning the skin.

Leather conservation

Remember that leather is a natural material and should not be kept in moist environments because this encourages the growth of mold and bacteria that can ruin your skin.

Other skin's natural enemies are the sources of light and heat, which in time may turn to the original color of the skin.