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Looking After Leather

By Jane Lake

With a little care, you can keep leather clothing looking its best for years, according to an expert on leather from The Olde Hide House in Acton, Ontario.

-  Leather naturally repels water but, for additional protection, look for an environmentally friendly repellent product to help prevent absorption of water and body oils.  It's best to avoid silicone-based repellents which retard leather's ability to "breathe."

- Let wet leather garments dry in well-ventilated areas, away from heat.  The leather may stiffen slightly but should soften again after wearing.

- Hang leather coats and jackets on thick or padded hangers to keep the shoulders in shape.  Don't load pockets with heavy or bulky items, which could tear seams.

- Plastic bags tend to dry out or discolor leather.  Use a cotton garment bag for off-season storage, or hang coats as usual, draping a tea-towel over the shoulders to deter dust.

- Avoid pressure-sensitive labels (the stick-on type) as the gummy residue left behind by these labels can stain or ruin the finish on leather.

- Professional cleaning is best for stain removal.  Some commercial stain removers can be absorbed and leave a mar.  Home remedies include gently rubbing at minor stains with a pencil eraser or rubbing alcohol (these methods work only on finished leather;; test on the inside facing first, to be sure the leather will not be marred).

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