Products made from leather run the gamut from car seats and couches to handbags and shoes. Leather is a rich look and a quality durable material that can last for years, if given the right care. Leather products come in a variety of colors from deep chocolate browns to pearly whites to metallic. Metallic leather is a water-resistant full-grain leather with a metallic finish.The best way to prolong the finish and life of metallic leather and protect your investment is to give routine care and maintenance to your leather product.
Allow any wet leather garments or shoes to air dry away from heat. Hang leather jackets on hangars to maintain natural shape. Store your leather items in a cool, dry location and out of direct sunlight to avoid discoloration. Use breathable cotton bags to store items if necessary. Avoid using plastic bags that do not allow the product to breath and will have a drying effect on the finish.
Clean your metallic leather product with a soft damp cloth. To add luster and maintain the finish, buff with leather cream and a soft clean cloth. Use gentle strokes when cleaning and buffing as metallic leather is prone to scuffs and abrasion. Choose leather care products for garments and bags that do not contain wax or silicone products, which will impede the leather product's ability to breathe.
Clean metallic leather shoes with a dry cloth. Add suppleness to metallic leather shoes only by using a wax-based polish, bee's wax or mink oil.
Clean stains as quickly as possible before they set by gently blotting the area with a soft clean cloth. For harder stains, use warm water and a few drops of baby shampoo. Blot the area until the stain releases. Visit a professional leather cleaner if the stain can not be removed at home.
Avoid spraying any cologne, perfume, hair products or make up near or on your leather product. Do not puncture the product's surface with any pins or apply any kind of tape to the product.
Use leather conditioner on your products periodically to maintain the natural finish and provide a repellent to the elements.
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- Before using any new leather cleaning product on your leather garments or bags, test a small inconspicuous area first.
Atlanta-based Jennifer McDonald is an attorney and writer with over 20 years experience covering legal and lifestyle topics. Also an accomplished blogger, she was featured in "Woman's World Magazine" and recently appeared on Fox News Network N.Y. She graduated magna cum laude and earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas. She also attended graduate school at Cambridge University in England.