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Leather & Suede

Leather & Suede
Green Dry Cleaners uses the Green Earth dry cleaning processes for the best possible results on leather and suede garments. Our most experienced of qualified Dry Cleaning Operators are involved in these processes.

Effects from Drycleaning
In almost every case leather and suede garments will alter in some way through a leather cleaning process. Leather and Suede garments are often not designed for solvent rinsing, but it may be necessary on occasion to keep them fresh and extend their life. Green Dry Cleaners has the most advanced knowledge and technology to wet or dry clean your garment, however you must be clear about the following material before submitting your garment.

Soiling and Professional Leather Cleaning
Set stains cannot always be removed. In particular:

  • Sticky labels have an adhesive that causes a chemical reaction with the garment’s dye, and will leave permanent staining.

  • Long term soiling can become ingrained in the hide, and any form of protein (blood, milk, etc) can cause instant and permanent damage to the hide.

Buying Leather/Suede Garments

  • Buy from a reputable store.
  • Look for careful matching of colours and textures between portions of the garment. Suede will never be completely uniform, but that is part of its desirability.
  • Avoid a snug fit. Hides are stretched during tanning and some relaxation shrinkage can be expected in use and cleaning.
  • Read and save any accompanying care information.
  • Choose light and pastel colours. They are less likely to fade in cleaning than deep colours.

Care Begins at Home

  • If staining occurs, take the garment to a professional suede and leather cleaning specialist as soon as possible. Do not try to remove spots at home.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of having your leathers cleaned when you bring them out of storage at the end of winter. A final leather cleaning before your garment goes into storage will prevent: food sugars oxidising the dye colour; protein stains reacting with the hide; and insect larvae and mites from eating the hide.
  • Wear a scarf or collared shirt to protect the collar area from perspiration and body oils.
  • Leather is subject to drying out if exposed to dry heat and to mildew if stored in a hot, humid environment.
  • If the garment gets wet, let it air dry away from heat. Store leather garments in a cool, ventilated area.
Do not store leather in a plastic bag – as it encourages discolouration and sometimes mildew.

 

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