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How To Clean Leather

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We don't like to give specific cleaning advice for leather and suede as this material has many different options for finishes, which makes it impossible for us to know which type you're working with. Our general guideline for washing your leather skirts, couches, pants, or jackets is as follows:

Not Washable: If a leather item is labeled "not washable" or "dry clean only," don't wash or spot treat it. It's best to leave these to the professionals.

Washable: We have successfully washed many leather items labeled "washable" as well as most non-leather items with leather trim: patches, collars, zip pulls, and binding. Simply test the leather item before you wash it. Look for discoloration, spots, or other changes once the area has dried.

Leather trim: We have successfully washed many leather trim items labeled "dry clean" or dry clean only." Most leather trim is made from "garment washed" leather. This type of leather has already been washed during the production stage, which means it should now be washable as part of the garment.


If needed, steam to remove wrinkles. Never iron, as ironing may burn, crush or flatten the leather nap.


Always store leather items clean. We recommend storing in a breathable cotton storage bag. Storing garments - especially items like leather - in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs.

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