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Old 11-16-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Happy hump day, kids! Today's Tip is how to clean leather with supplies commonly found in your home. This method is good for clothing, accessories and furniture. But DO NOT use it on suede!

Steps to Cleaning Leather

First, get your supplies together: you’ll need gentle hand soap, olive oil, and a few soft, clean rags. Before you jump into cleaning your whole couch or that stain on the front of your jacket, it’s important to test the cleaning method from start to finish in a small, hidden place, just to make sure it won’t lighten, darken, or dry your specific piece of leather.

Dampen a rag and apply a little soap. Get the whole rag wet if you’re cleaning a large area, but for small stains just a corner of the rag is fine. The rag should be just slightly damp, not soaking wet; squeeze out any excess water before pumping a small amount of hand soap onto the rag.

Rub the rag against itself a little to work the soap into the cloth before you begin cleaning. You don’t want to apply a glob of soap to a piece of leather. Instead, gently rub a light lather onto the leather until it appears clean.

Next, slightly dampen another rag to wipe any soap residue from the leather. Because even finished leather is not completely water-repellant, you should never rinse it with a very wet rag or by running water directly over it. Using a rag with a minimal amount of water on it protects the leather from absorbing enough water to become damaged.

Use a dry rag to remove the light film of excess water that may be on the surface of the leather after rinsing. Before moving on to the next step, it’s a good idea to also let the item sit for a few minutes to air dry in case the leather has absorbed water during cleaning.

Finally, you should always condition leather after cleaning, since the soap will have removed some of its natural oils. This is where the olive oil comes in. Put a very small amount of olive oil on a dry cloth and rub it into the leather. Using too much oil will make the leather greasy or sticky and attract dirt, so it’s crucial to apply only a tiny amount; if the leather is darker or shinier after oiling, you’ve used too much.

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Old 11-16-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I don’t know why some of these bikers gangs don’t use this tip and clean up a little.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Because even finished leather is not completely water-repellant, you should never rinse it with a very wet rag or by running water directly over it. Using a rag with a minimal amount of water on it protects the leather from absorbing enough water to become damaged.
I never knew that. Seeing how I never saw cows carrying umbrellas when it rained, I always assumed they were waterproof.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I don’t know why some of these bikers gangs don’t use this tip and clean up a little.
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I never knew that. Seeing how I never saw cows carrying umbrellas when it rained, I always assumed they were waterproof.
Such a couple of comedians you are.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: long island ny
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My wallet needs cleaned. It's mint green.
I have a feeling, by the time I get a round to it.
It will be forest green.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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My wallet needs cleaned. It's mint green.
I have a feeling, by the time I get a round to it.
It will be forest green.
I like mine to be the color of money!
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Wow, that sounds like a lot of work. Gimme a jacket to take to the cleaners.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:08 AM
 
Location: USA
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Great tip Pam. Don't have leather furniture but I know I have a leather jacket somewhere
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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Great tips, but no leather here. OMG would Shredder have a field day
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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My special leathers are safely hid in a box in my closet.
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