Leather garment care
Proper care and treatment of your leather garment ensures longevity.Durable and flexible, leather is created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Influence’s signature leather handling uses the finest materials, and we take pride in the craftsmanship of our leather pieces. Produced in a wide variety of types and styles, leather can be decorated using a variety of techniques and finishes, including our signature hand waxing.
1. General (any) Grained Leather Cleaning Process, Using a soft brush, gently brush to garment to remove any dust. Clean your jacket using cold water and neutral soap (without any chemicals). With a sponge, gently wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water. Do not apply to any areas with fur as this will detrimentally damage the fur. Remove the soap with the same method, using only cold water. Remove any excess water with a sponge and then shake off to ensure that no water marks are left on the jacket. – Should water marks appear please use a damp sponge and wipe over the affected area before once again removing excess water.
2. If a leather garment gets wet, hang it to dry, away from heat. Putting it in a dryer or near a heating vent could cause it to shrink and lose its shape.
3. If you get a stain on a garment, don’t try to remove it yourself unless a leather-cleaning professional has advised you to. “The danger is you start removing the colour and then it’s harder than ever to get out and restore. Bring the stained apparel to leather-cleaning professionals.
4. Store leather garments on padded hangers and cover with a plain bed sheet or cloth garment bag. Avoid plastic bags, as they don’t allow the garment to “breathe,” and can promote mold and mildew. Store in a dark, dry place. Sunlight will cause fading.
5. Avoid letting a leather garment touch your skin in areas where it’s likely to come in contact with oils from your body and hair. Similarly, don’t let perfume or hairspray get on your leather apparel. They are hard to remove and the process of removing them can take colour out of the clothing. “Wear a scarf,” Influence recommends.