Everyone has some leather items, be it a jacket, a bag, gloves, a belt, shoes, pants. Some prefer impressive leather furniture, some never part with their leather case in the office. Some have the entire car interior upholstered with leather. Leather items are always in fashion, they are convenient, practical, and look stylish. Leather is a unique material. It perfectly keeps body warmth, and at the same time, lets the moisture evaporate from the skin surface. After a short period of wearing in, good leather shoes fit the owner’s feet and become virtually intangible. Leather items always “respond” to your touch with warmth, they are as if alive, unlike any unltramodern material, no matter how hi-tech it would be. Anyway, for this, they shall be properly cared for!
Leather items: simple rules of maintenance
Leather items require occasional cleaning, even if there no visible contaminations on them. Dust, dirt, moisture (especially rain water – with our hardly ideal ecology!) have a significant negative impact on the leather, making it lose its original shine and properties. Any leather item, be it jacket, gloves or armchair, shall be wiped with a wet cloth 1-2 times per week, but never washed. Water is the bitterest enemy of leather items. If a leather jacket or coat get under rain, wipe them with a dry soft cloth immediately after you come home, then hang them in an open space away from heat sources to let them dry completely. The same rule applies to leather shoes: they need to be dried with a napkin outside; and if they are wet inside, fill them with crumpled newspaper and change it several times in the evening for some dry one. Drying leather items and shoes beside a radiator or heater is impermissible! Also, special shoe-drying devices must not be used: the flow of warm air will provoke shrinkage of the leather, the item will lose its original shape and become tight.
Nevertheless, just constantly wiping leather items will not do. Splashes from a dirty puddle can get on the cloak edge, the handrails in public transport can leave stains on gloves. Collars and cuffs have it the “hardest”. They not only “collect” dirt from the outside, but also can become glossy because of a constant contact with skin: no matter how clean the skin is, it inevitably releases a small amount of fat and sweat.
Secrets of cleaning and care
What to do in the case of heavy contamination of a jacket, coat or bag? Visiting dry cleaner’s is rather expensive. Besides, dry cleaner’s employees are not always taking their work responsibly: cases of ruining or poor cleaning of clothes aren’t rare. And it is not always possible to wait for a few days for the item to be cleaned. Fortunately, there is a reasonable alternative: UNICUM agent developed specially for cleaning and care of leather items. It acts gently and extremely sparingly, neatly removing contaminations from the surface and pores of leather items, at the same time, it does not damage leather and does not destroy its unique properties.
Life hacks:
Leather items shall be cleaned immediately after they get dirty. Of course, nobody would carry along a whole bottle of the leather cleaner in a trip, though many things may happen when traveling. And it’s not only about travel, but also about the banal way to work, school or training. To blot your jacket, pants, bag and even more so leather shoes in a rainy day is as easy as pie. In this case, UNICUM wet wipes for cleaning leather items will help you out. They are suitable for items both of genuine and synthetic leather, easily remove any contaminations on clothes, accessories and furniture.
If salty stains have remained on the surface of a jacket or leggings, they shall be removed with a wet wipe first, and then the item shall be cleaned with UNICUM leather cleaner. This procedure helps achieve maximum cleanliness and avoid ruining leather with salt.
Large leather items, such as jackets, shall be cleaned starting with the dirtiest spots: cuffs, collars, areas with stains. After cleaning these, the entire item shall be treated with the cleaning agent and wiped with a clean fresh napkin.
Most leather items are not used all year round. Gloves, jackets and coats are inevitably sent to “rest” when warm season comes. The question of storage of leather articles shall also be considered wisely. Outerwear, same as gloves, shall be stored in special cloth garment covers – they let the air through, but prevent dust penetration. It is recommended to avoid using popular polyethylene covers for these purposes – the leather will not “breathe”, which affects its properties negatively. Unquestionably, leather items shall be stored straightened out (if possible), away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
Take care of leather items, and they will delight you with softness, fresh color and elasticity for many years!