Leather items are beautiful, and unfortunately quite expensive.That is why, when it comes to cleaning them most people do not afford to make mistakes.
Leather jackets, for example, are beautiful clothing items. But, leather tends to pick up a lot of dirt therefore they must be cleaned often.
If not in the mood to make a trip to the cleaners, where a lot of chemicals are used, here’s how to clean your leather items at home:
If you’re a proud owner of a leather sofa, you know that it is not easy to keep it clean. Moreover, keep in mind that if you use harsh cleaning products you can easily ruin the aesthetic aspect. Even more, if you have an upside-down leather sofa, it’s even harder to clean it.
First step is to use a clean, dry, soft cloth to get the dust off, or gently vacuum using a soft brush vacuum attachment. Next step, mix together equal parts of water and distilled white vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth, without exaggerating with the damping. Wipe the entire sofa, rinsing the cloth in the liquid as many times as necessary. Dry the sofa with a clean, dry, preferably microfiber cloth.
For conditioning leather, mix two parts of linseed oil or flax seed oil, or even olive oil, with one part distilled white vinegar. Use circular motions and leave over night.
Next day, buff the sofa with a clean microfiber cloth to restore its shine.
To clean leather you can also use distilled water and mild laundry detergent, in small dosage.
Besides leather sofas, the tips above work for anything made out of leather, including jackets, purses, footwear or belts.
To soften leather you can use non-oily skin moisturizers.
It might sound crazy, but you can also use bananas to soften leather. Dry out a banana peel and rub the inside of it onto your leather item to soften it.