Leather Evolved

Leather Care

Good quality leather will generally outlast fabric, especially when used in a vehicle. The key to extending this longevity is proper care. Too often, the assumption is that leather is maintenance free. Sadly folks, not so.

Automotive - Protected, Top Coated, Pigmented Leather.

Spills

  1. Blot liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, moisten the cloth with clear, lukewarm water and gently wipe spill.
  2. Dry with a clean towel and allow to air dry. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spill occurred. Do not dry leather with heat dryers, hair dryers, etc. Note that depending on the type of leather the response to fluids will vary. 

Leather will initially repel most liquids, but if left to stand over an extended period of time they will be absorbed. That is why it is important to mop up spills immediately. Even if the spill is absorbed, it should dissipate over time depending on the finish.

Dried Stains

  1. Dissolve a TINY amount of plain soap in lukewarm water.
  2. Moisten a soft sponge or cloth with the solution and gently wipe the stain.
  3. Next wipe the entire area with a damp soap free cloth.
  4. Then absorb any excess water (there should be almost none) with a clean towel and allow to air dry.
  • Do Not Use: Any Saddle soaps, oils, abrasives, cleaners, soaps, furniture polish, varnish or ammonia water. The leather has already been permanently preserved in the tanning process. 
  • The only product to apply is a light conditioner. Always test in an inconspicous area for colour fastness. Use sparingly. The old adage is true: less is more!

Specialty Leather - Aniline - Wax Pull up, Oil Pull up, Distressed, Nubuck, Suede, etc.

  • Spills: Blot liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, moisten the cloth with clear, lukewarm distilled water and gently wipe spill. Dry with a clean towel and allow to air dry. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spill occurred. Do not dry leather with heat dryers, hair dryers, etc. Note that depending on the type of leather the response to fluids will vary. Aniline leathers that do not have heavy protective coatings are quite susceptible to staining.
  • Leather will initially repel most liquids, but if left to stand over an extended period of time they will be absorbed. That is why it is important to mop up spills immediately. Even if the spill is absorbed, it should dissipate over time depending on the finish.
  • Dried Stains: Dissolve a TINY amount of plain soap in lukewarm water. Moisten a soft sponge or cloth with the solution and gently wipe the stain. Next wipe the entire area with a damp soap free cloth. Then absorb any excess water (there should be almost none) with a clean towel and allow to air dry.
  • Do Not Use: Any Saddle soaps, oils, abrasives, cleaners, soaps, furniture polish, varnish or ammonia water.  
  • Do Not Use standard leather cleaners or conditioners. It is not intended for use on unprotected (aniline) leathers. If you are in need of cleaner or conditioner, we prefer Leather Master by Uniters S.p.A. Find their product intended for use on your leather article here.
  • If you are not sure what you need, please ask us for help. info@hydesleather.com