is important to
clean matching garments
at the same time"
"In many cases, even a
badly stained leather
or suede garment can be saved"
Q. How can I remove wrinkles from my leather
A. Unless the wrinkles are a
design feature, you can use a low-temperature dry hand iron. Never
use steam. Place cotton fabric between the iron and garment and constantly
move the iron to avoid overheating the leather. Too much heat will
cause discoloration and damage to suede and leather.
Q. Can I have my suede jacket
A. No. Suede and leather require special expertise for proper care.
The best way to keep your suede jacket looking like velvet is to
brush it lightly - and regularly. Suede and leather need to be reconditioned
periodically to ensure that they don't fade, and that surface cracks
don't develop on finished leather due to dryness.
Q. My leather jacket
is stained (by salad dressing, yellow mustard, blood, urine, ink,
wine, wine sauce, grease, perspiration). Can it be saved?
A. Yes. In many cases, even a badly stained leather or suede garment
can be saved, but the remedy for each one is usually different.
There are many variables when you factor in the cause of the stain
with the different types of leather. Most manufacturers recommend
that leather garments be cleaned by professional leather cleaning
methods. This ensures that the stain will be treated properly, and
that the suppleness, color and finish of the garment are maintained
or restored. L.A. Leather cleaners is an industry leader and trusted
resource for the
restoration and care of leather goods.
Q. I recently went
to a bussines meeting wearing my leather jacket, and before I knew
it, I was wearing an adhesive-backed name badge. When I tried to
remove it, that area of my jacket lost its finish and I'm really
upset. Can you help?
A. This is a problem that we see frequently. Send the garment to
us and we will remove the adhesive and lightly refinish the blemished
area. In worst case situations, if the leather was severely damaged
when the label was peeled off, we could replace the entire damaged
Q. I had my leather
jacket cleaned by my neighborhood dry cleaners. The color changed.
Is this normal?
A. It is hard to coment about your leather jacket before we see
it, but most dry cleaners around town are not equipped for specialty
cleaning in their own facilities, They usually send them to leather
cleaners like us. Leather is a natural product and you can never
determine exactly how it will react to the cleaning process. A recommended
leather cleaner will clean the garment and then restore the essential
oils that were lost during the procedure. Since the cleaner can
never exactly match the method, that was originally used when your
garment was created, the result will sometimes be a slight change
in color or texture. For this reason it is important to clean
matching garments at the same time.
Q. Can you remove
paint spilled on my leather jacket?
A. There are many variables in removing paint from a leather garment;
for example, is it grain leather, nubuck or suede? Is the paint
oil based, or water based? We have had quite a bit of experience
with paint on leather and we have developed many different methods
for paint removal. But our success on your particular garment will
depend on what type and how much or how heavy the paint is and on
what type of skin. When you send in your garment, it will be helpful
if you enclose a note telling us the type of paint that caused the
Q: I have a white
rabbit and acrylic knit sweater jacket that I would like to send
for cleaning, the care instructions say, "Do not wash. Do not
dry-clean. Clean by specialist method only." Do you foresee
any problems with cleaning it?
A. Your garment is a specialty item and we can probably clean it.
Usually this is a difficult combination for cleaning and most leather
cleaners are afraid to work on them, but here at L.A. Leather cleaners,
we handle many difficult problems. As long as the rabbit fur is
in good condition (age) we can professionally clean it.
Q. Is there anything
I can do to remove ink from a suede garment at home ?
A. Ink on a suede garment is a difficult stain to remove, even for
an experienced suede cleaner. Dyes on suede and leather garments
are not as colorfast as one would desire. Often it is necessary
to remove some dye along with the ink then replace the dye. This
is a difficult process depending on the color of the suede. Be sure
to ask your leather cleaner what they plan to do before entrusting
them with the item. If this is a particularlly special piece I would
recommend shipping the item to us so
that we may professionally care for your item.