LEATHER GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES CARE:
Leather garments must be hung on hangers so that their shape is maintained. Leather apparel must be prevented from direct sunlight.
Most of the time you can clean the leather yourself. Smooth leather that has a finish can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge to get rid of dust and surface soil. Mild liquid detergent or saddle soap and water may be used to remove more serious dirt or stains. It is a good practice before you dampen leather is to test an inside seem to see if the leather has a finish. Water will bead on finished leather but will cause unfinished leather to spot. It a suede leather garment gets a spot, try using a suede brush or fine sandpaper.
If you need to remove wrinkles from your leather garment, you may do the following, but take great care. To remove wrinkles you may use an iron but do NOT put iron directly in contact with leather. Use a 100% COTTON cloth in between the leather garment and the iron. Do not use high heat with the iron either and do not leave the iron on the garment for very long. You can also try using a blow dryer but do not put in direct contact with leather. If the garment is not too badly wrinkled, then the blow dryer may work. Always use extreme caution and patience.
SEAL AND RUBDOWN
Give the leather a fine dusting with baby powder to seal the pores. Finish with a rubdown using a clean dry cloth to bring back the sheen. A wrinkled garment can be hung in the bathroom while you shower. If the wrinkles don’t steam out by themselves, gently iron the garment at a warm setting after layering clean brown paper between the iron and the leather. Store your leather garment in a well-ventilated area and cover with a cloth to keep it dust free. Avoid storing your leather garment in plastic. Leather is porous and it needs to “breathe”.
You can waterproof and protect your leather garment by feeding it with mink oil or silicone spray. However, the process will most likely darken your leather. So it�s a good idea to test it first on a tiny area on the inside seam. If you are caught in a shower with an untreated leather garment, allow your leather garment to dry on a flat surface away from heat. Leather should dry at room temperature overnight. Remember, the radiator is no place to dry leather — excess heat saps up the leather’s essential oils and can leave it hard and cracked. If your leather garment gets wet, hang it on a wooden or padded hanger away from heat to dry.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR COW HIDE
Cowhide hair-on-hide is best used in an inside home environment.
You can fold your cowhide rug, but it will need some time to relax after it is unfolded. If the hide is good quality, the creases will come out after a few days laying flat. A heavy weight like books can speed up this process. You can also use steam iron on the underside to reduce creases more quickly.
Cowhide does not move much on carpet or wooden floors, the textured underside has natural grip. You do need to be a bit careful in bare feet on the soft and silky upper side.
We advise keeping the dyed and printed hides out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible fading. Natural cowhides are fade resistant. To clean your cowhide rug, simply vacuum with the vacuum head brush in the down position (for hard floors) or give the rug a shake outside to take out dust and small dry particles of dirt. turn around your rug or move to a different place from time to time so that it wears evenly.
You can wipe cowhide smoothly in the direction of the hair with a damp (but not wet) cloth with mild soap and water. It is important to note that soaking the hide or getting it too wet may damage it. NEVER wash in a washing machine or dry clean.
You can Brush with a hard plastic brush. It helps to keep the hair soft and fluffy and helps to remove dirt.
For common spills like coffee, tea, juice, food, soup, urine and vomit – soak up the spills with a paper towel or sponge immediately. Remove solid matters with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then clean with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild soapy solution. Finally clean with a damp cloth using a diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution. This helps to eliminate unpleasant odors.
For spills like fat, grease, lipstick, tar and chewing gum – Remove solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then apply Eucalyptus oil directly to the affected area on a soft cloth by dabbing gently. Finally clean with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using a mild soapy solution. We cannot promise that this will take out your stain, but it the best method of trying. You have to do this at your own risk.
It is not good for Cowhides to be damp or wet for long periods, try your best to avoid this. On a sunny day you can put your cowhide outside with the underside facing the sun to air out. Store your cowhide in a dry, well ventilated place, preferably rolled around a tube core with a clean cotton sheet to protect from dust and dirt while in storage.