Leather and Suede Cleaning
High Quality Leather Cleaning Service
Nothing beats the feel of a great leather jacket, a beautiful handbag or satchel, or a soft suede pair of shoes. Unfortunately, these items are some of the most fragile in any closet. Fortunately, the leather experts at Art’s Drive-In Cleaners are here to freshen up your favorite leather items.
Whether it’s a Chanel handbag a Tumi briefcase or a pair of Ugg boots each of these items requires expert knowledge in leather cleaning to be brought back to life. At Art’s our leather cleaning experts have seen countless leather items be thrown away or damaged because our clients thought they were beyond repair or tried to clean them at home. The use of water and detergent or other home cleaning products can ruin a perfectly good item that could have been restored with Art’s Garment Care leather cleaning service.
Decades of Leather and Fur Cleaning Experience
Art’s Drive-In Cleaners leather experts have decades of experience and can take care of just about any of the myriad issues that can happen to leather, including scuffs, die loss, and fading. In addition to cleaning your leather handbags, wallets, briefcases, and jacket, Art’s leather experts can also repair damage from wear and tear. This includes fixing rips and tears, sewing torn linings, fixing broken zippers and replacing straps, clasps, and snaps.
Art’s Garment Care provides the same care for fur coats and accessories that it does for leather items. Too often, people wait to clean their fur items and then do not properly store them. As result, furs become damaged by stains, dirt and other signs of wear. While we always recommend bring your fur items in for regular cleaning we also have included the following storage tips to ensure your furs are properly maintained
Cleaning your Leather
Purchasing a protector from a leather or suede specialty store will give your suede a defense against water damage and stains. It is recommended to keep suede’s unique texture, and lightly brushing in a circular motion will raise the nap and restore softness. When storing suede do not store items in any type of plastic; suede needs to be able to breathe. You should store suede in old pillow cases or cover it with a sheet, in a dry, dark place. Moisture and light can cause mildew growth and fading
Leather Cleaning Experts
Nothing beats the feel of a great leather jacket, a beautiful handbag or satchel, or a soft suede pair of shoes. Unfortunately, these items are some of the most fragile in any closet. Fortunately, the leather experts at Art’s Drive- In Cleaners are here to freshen up your favorite leather item.
Most leather specialty shops sell leather protectors sprays that guard your garment from stains, water, and skin oil damage.
- Leather conditioner keeps leather soft and pliable, and helps repel water.
- Condition Leather at least four times a year, or more if your leather is regularly exposed to rain or sun.
- Avoid spraying hairspray, perfume or cologne while wearing your leather.
Leather Water Damage
- If your leather gets wet, blow dry with a towel. Hang up and dry a room temperature naturally away from heat sources.
- Use leather conditioner after garment has dried. Natural drying draws moisture out of leather and may cause it to become brittle or crack over time.
- Always hand leather garments on padded hangers to help retain their shape
- Never Store leather in plastic or non-breathable covers — it could cause leather to dry out and lose its integrity. Instead cover leather items with an old sheet for long-term storage.
- Keep leather out of direct sunlight and heat to prevent fading. Avoid very humid or dry environments
Leather Stain Remover
- If stain is fresh, simply wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth. Do not rub.
- If stain is oily, sprinkle baking soda on it, let sit overnight to absorb. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Don’t use regular fabric stain removers on leather—they are likely to damage it.
- When using specialty leather cleaner, always test in an inconspicuous area first. Dab a little cleaner on and blot with a soft white cloth. If no color from the garment bleeds onto the cloth, the cleaner is safe to use.
- You can always play it safe by taking your leather garments to your neighborhood cleaner —they’ll have the expertise to help you look good
Suede Water Damage
- If your suede gets wet, blot the water with a towel.
- Allow the suede to dry in the open air. Don’t use heat to dry; this can damage the item.
- When dry, use a suede brush (available at leather and suede specialty stores) to restore the nap—the raised fibers that give suede its unique texture. Alternatively, a terry towel can help restore the look of suede.
- Don’t use at-home stain removers on suede; they may create a stain of their own.
- Use a nail file or suede brush to rub away dirt and dried mud from suede shoes. This also works for scuff marks.
- Oily stains like salad dressing, butter, and mayonnaise can be absorbed by talcum powder or cornstarch. Let the powder sit on the stain until it has been soaked up, then brush off. Take to a dry cleaner to remove any remaining stain.
- To help stop an ink stain from setting, use a damp—but not wet—cloth to gently wipe. Take the garment to a professional for complete stain removal.
- If a stain is severe, take the garment to your neighborhood dry cleaner—they will know the safe solution for suede’s and leathers to get the stain out.