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Caring For Your Leather Clothing

Feb 7, 2008
Remember Leather is a living breathing fabric, and as such it's care is different form other fabrics. Leather has been used as fabric since the dawn of mankind and has remained popular due to it's durability and functionality.

This means you should not leave your leather garments in a plastic garment bag! It can't breathe, and will cause the leather to dry out. Opt for a cloth cover instead.

If you absolutely must iron the item, set the iron on the lowest possible setting. Never use steam! Place a heavy brown grocery bag, or some felt paper on between the garment and the iron. Iron Quickly, and avoid overheating!

To clean your leather take it to a professional that knows how to clean leather, as normal dry cleaning is not the best method. Always clean matching items at the same time, this helps to insure that the slight variations in color will continue to match. Do not be surprised if the garment is tight after cleaning, this is normal, it will stretch back to the normal fit while wearing.

With proper care your leather will last a life time and beyond.

Always hang leather clothing on wide or padded hangers to keep their shape.

Mankind has worn leather because it stands up to the elements well, so don't worry if it gets wet in a rainstorm. Just hag it up away from any heat, and let dry. If the leather becomes stiff, use a leather conditioner.

In bad weather, promptly remove salt deposits from leather clothing by sponging with clear water.

If using a cleaning product, test it in a small area to insure it will not damage the leather, and insure that it is not wax, or silicone based as this will prevent the leather from breathing properly.

Rubber cement is a good way to repair hems, or use a special leather needle and thread. A seamstress should have what you need.
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For more information on Leather garments, be sure to visit Hot Stuff Leather and Lace, home of Leather Club Wear and Lingerie.
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