In general, upholstery leather has many advantages over a wide variety of alternative upholstery coverings. Due to modern technology, leather will outlast the typical fabric, four or five to one. The real key to this longevity is proper care. Garrett Leather offers a Leather Cleaning Kit, Mild Cleanser, Ink Remover, 3-in-1 Leather Wipes, and a Nubuck Care Kit. We recommend the following procedures for cleaning,
Semi Aniline Products: Avion, Berkshire, Cadence, Caressa, Chatham, Denizen, DiModa Cobra, DiModa Gatora, Flight, Glazed, Jubilee, Jubilee Gem, Mystique, Mystique Croco, Newport Club, Pearlessence, Saddle Leather, Shagarrett, and Torino
These leathers receive a protective treatment during the tanning process, which allows for easy clean-up of everyday soiling and spills. Many leathers will initially repel liquids, but if left to stand over an extended period of time, the liquids will be absorbed. It is a good idea to blot up spills immediately. Even if the spill is absorbed, it will dissipate in time and eventually diffuse.
For Common Spots and Spills: Blot excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use Mild Cleanser and gently wipe spill. Allow to air dry naturally. Clean the entire area where the spill occurred, for example, the entire seat cushion or entire arm. Do not dry wet areas with heat guns, hair dryers, etc.
For Stubborn Spots and Stains: Apply Leather Cleaner from our Leather Cleaning Kit to a clean, wet sponge and rub gently. If necessary, use a mild solution of Ivory soap and clear, lukewarm water. Apply using a clean, damp sponge to wash. Do not soak leather. After washing, use clean, clear water on sponge to wipe down surfaces again to remove any soap residue. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Always try the cleaning method on a hidden area first to test the results.
For Butter, Oil or Grease: Wipe excess butter, oil or grease off of the leather with a clean, dry cloth, and leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water to try to wash a butter, oil or grease spot.
For Ink and Lipstick Stains: Apply Ink Remover to the stain immediately. Allow 30 seconds for the stain to dissolve. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away both the Ink Remover and stain. Repeat as necessary.
Do Not Use: Any saddle soaps, oils, abrasives, furniture polish, varnish or ammonia water. These may harm the finish and permanently damage the leather.
Stain Prevention: Use Leather Protector from our Leather Cleaning Kit or 3-in-1 Leather Wipes on a regular basis to nourish the leather, retain softness, and protect it from future stains.
Pure Aniline Products: Distressed, Journey, Luxianna, Resilience, Sierrasoft, and Vintage
Natural, pure aniline leathers have very little surface protection. If your aniline leather does become soiled, immediately blot excess liquid with a soft, clean cloth. Use Mild Cleanser for spots and spills. Clean the entire area (i.e. the entire seat cushion, arm rest, etc.), starting from the outside of the spill to the center. Use 3-in-1 Leather Wipes to maintain and condition the leather as needed. Please note that due to the natural characteristics of these leathers, scratches and marks may appear on the surface over time. This appearance is the "character" of natural leather.
Do Not Use: Any saddle soaps, oils, abrasives, furniture polish, varnish or ammonia water. These will strip the waxes from the surface of the leather and affect the color and the look of your leather.
Nubuck and Handbuffed Products: Allura, Kenya and Native
Nubuck is leather that has been tanned, dyed, and then sanded on the surface of the hide to expose the fiber structure. Since the fiber structure is exposed, nubuck is treated with water and stain repellant during the tanning process. Likewise, Native, while not a true nubuck, is handbuffed to expose the fiber structure. Use products from the Nubuck Care Kit on these products. Mild Cleanser and 3-in-1 Leather Wipes are not suitable to use on nubuck or on handbuffed leather.
Gently hand or machine washed in warm water. Wash with mild liquid hand soap or enzyme free washing liquids. Do not dry in direct sunlight or artificial heat. Always allow sheepskin to dry slowly.
Lightly blot liquid spills with a paper towel or damp sponge. For dried-on soils, lightly comb or brush out the fleece. For a deep cleaning, drycleaning is recommended.
Capelli Natural, Capelli Specialty, and Capelli Stenciled
Wipe with a slightly damp clean, soft cloth using cold water only. Capelli hides may also be gently vacuumed, however, do not use a rotating brush.
Garrett Wovens®, Garrett Tubular Wovens®, and Welt Cord
Use 3-in-1 Leather Wipes to clean and condition as needed.