Knowing how to remove stains from leather is essential if you own a number of leather accessories. This is especially true of leather bags. A leather carry-on is a mark of a sophisticated woman exudes a vibe of sophistication and casual elegance.
Unfortunately, there is no universal solution for dealing with stains on leather. The type of stain determines the best cleaning method that won't harm the item. We will outline the common stains and a DIY step-by-step process for dealing with each.
WHY IS CLEANING LEATHER TRICKY?
You can't simply clean a leather bag by wiping it down with a baby wipe. Incorrect methods can lead to permanent staining or damage the surface texture. Leather, as with most natural material, can also be ruined from simple exposure to water.
Not all leather is created equal either. Is the leather treated with a finish? What type of leather are you dealing with? Is it aniline, semi-aniline, or full-grain leather?
People also often experiment with different methods using cleaning solutions ranging from baking soda to Windex. Often times, the experiment ends in disaster with the expensive leather bag ruined.
This is why it's recommended that you have your bag cleaned by a professional that knows how to remove stains from leather and restore the material to its original condition. However, if the DIYer in you insists on a home remedy, then here are the methods for dealing with each specific type of stain.
TREATING WATER STAINS.
Simple H2O is not compatible with leather. Once the water dries and settles on the leather, the outlines of the stain will stick out like a sore thumb.
• PREVENTION IS THE KEY. Get rid of the water before it has time to dry. Use a lint-free cloth and soak it in water.
• Use cloth to dab at the stain. "Dab" is the keyword here, and it's important that you do so instead of using a wiping motion, which is the instinctual thing to do. Wiping only pushes the water deeper into the leather.
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