Leather is a very expensive material and it needs to be taken care of in order to last. Yes, leather is durable but just like anything else – you have to take certain steps to ensure it’s in great condition at all times. You must have at least one leather item whether that would be a wallet, a bag, shoes, a jacket, a sofa, chairs, etc.
Of course, cleaning leather should be done in a certain way with special ingredients and most importantly – care! This, however, does not mean that you have to spend a ton of money on detergents, conditioners, or even cleaning services. You can clean all of your leather items by yourself – but first, you need to educate yourself on how to perform this task!
How to Properly Clean Your Leather Belongings?
Here is what you are going to need – a gentle soap (you can use Castile soap), olive oil, water, and a few microfiber cloths. But before you start cleaning, I recommend you test this method on a small hidden area just in case the leather doesn’t react well to the cleaner. If everything is okay then move on to cleaning your entire sofa, jacket, shoes, or any other leather item of yours.
Dampen a cloth in water, squeeze out the excess water so it’s damp rather than soaking wet, and apply a bit of the soap you prepare.
Gently rub the leather – and if there are any stains or dirty patches, focus on those as well.
Then grab another cloth, dampen it again, and remove the soap residue. And also make sure you wipe with a paper towel to dry the leather before you continue.
And then it’s time to use the olive oil so you can condition the leather. Conditioning is very important because it protects the surface from scratches and wrinkles. Put a bit of olive oil on a cloth and buff it into the leather item. Do not use a lot, you don’t want to make the surface greasy.