Leather essentials can be super expensive and delicate so it’s better to take good care of them if you’d like them to last for a long time. However, no matter how careful you are, sometimes you just can’t prevent it from a few ink spots or oil stains. So the first step towards fixing this issue is to stop panicking because it might make things worse. Usually, it’s a reflex action to rub a piece of cloth or paper towel on the surface to wipe off extra liquid from the leather. Well, you’ll have to resist that urge in this case. Leather comes from animal skin and the chemicals used for tanning, buffing, & sanding procedures are so complex that even the slightest mishandling can ruin it entirely. So if you’re not taking your leather bag to the professional cleaner, which by the way should be your first instinct, make sure that you use the right products and follow the right procedure.
Keep in mind that the cleaning method may need to be different for different leather types. I.e. calfskin leather is much softer than cowhide and should be treated delicately. However, when it comes to suede or nubuck, the cleaning products would be different. Also, depending on the kind of stain, the cleaning products you use may vary. What’s most important is that your leather accessory must be treated with some oils and waxes to be water-resistant to some extent. Otherwise, the cleaning agents will get deep into the pores and cause dryness and tearing in the long run, Let’s learn more about leather cleaning based on the leather type, the kind of stains and the cleaning products to be used in detail.
How To Remove Ink From Leather?
Got an ink stain on your favorite leather accessory? What if we told you that there’s a way to reverse that damage? Sounds comforting. Well, if you have kids at home or you use your leather couch as your workstation, or the pen in your leather bag lost its cover, or your jacket got exposed to an ink stain during office hours, we’re here for the rescue. Firstly, you should act quickly in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration. We insist that you test each cleaning method on a small hidden spot of the jacket, or bag to make sure that it does not cause any damage. Make a solution using rubbing alcohol and liquid detergent. Dip a piece of soft cotton cloth in the mixture and rub it onto the spot in a gentle circular motion. If it doesn’t seem to be effective, don't keep on doing it for too long. That may cause the leather to tear off.
How To Get Paint Off Leather
Well, there could be several ways to get rid of paint if there happened to be an accident while renovating your house. Firstly, don't try and treat it while it’s still wet. All your need to do is wipe off the extra paint sitting on the surface using a paper towel and let the stain dry a bit. Make sure that you don't smug the paint all over your bag or jacket while wiping it off.
Water-based wet or dry paint can be cleaned using a piece of cloth or towel dipped in warm water. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and apply the leather conditioner followed by a leather moisturizer. If this doesn’t work, use a leather detergent and dilute it by adding in some water. Dip a towel in it and rub gently on the stain, followed by a gentle dabbing with hydrogen peroxide.
How To Get Oil Out Of Leather
Wipe off all the access oil from the surface using a paper towel. Cover the stain with cornstarch while it’s still wet and leave it there for around 10-20 minutes. The powder will most definitely do its job and remove the stain in no time. If unfortunately, you’ve run out of cornstarch, try using it with flour or even talcum powder. If that doesn’t work, try making a paste using one of the above-mentioned powders, baking soda, sea salt, and a bit of distilled water. Apply it onto the stain and wipe it off after 15 minutes. Use a wet towel to clean the leftover paste from the surface. Don't forget to do a patch test at the beginning of the whole process.
How To Get Blood Stains Out Of Leather
Blood might be the most stubborn stain to get rid of when it comes to leather. It might not be visible in darker colors such as black or maroon but boy oh boy, in a lighter shade, i.e. beige or white, things can get messy. One of the best ways to deal with blood stains is to cover them up. Many leather care kit manufacturing companies make leather polish/balms in multiple colors. To apply it to your leather accessory, use a small piece of leather if possible, otherwise, a piece of cloth will work too. Rub it in a circular motion and remember to be super gentle. Let it sit for a while. Once dry, apply a leather conditioner and moisturizer to maintain the texture.
How To Clean Mold Off Leather
Molds could be the number one enemy of our leather accessory but don't worry, we’ve got the best remedies for them. Usually, leather shoes are more likely to be damaged by molds, however, your jacket and bag can also be at a risk. Here’s how you can get rid of them; Firstly, wipe off all the dirt from the surface using a paper towel or a soft piece of cloth. Make a solution using rubbing alcohol and room temperature water. Use a clean cloth soaked in this solution to rub the damaged area on your leather accessory. Be gentle. Wipe it off with a clean cloth and let it dry for a few hours naturally.