LEATHER CARE GUIDE
Below you will find an overview of the care of different types of leather & the leather care products to be used
Suede & aniline leather
Great damage can quickly be caused here by improper cleaning. Just too much water can enlarge any stain on "suede" instead of removing it. Therefore, stains of any kind on suede should first be picked up with an absorbent cloth. If the desired effect is not achieved, the leather should not be touched with solvents, soaps or the like. This usually only makes matters worse. Here it is important to seek out a professional who is familiar with leather repairs and can help. Basically, a selection of care products should be part of the basic equipment - such as leather balm, leather milk, cloths and sponges. Well-cared for leather is more beautiful to look at and gives elegance and value.
The use of leather cleaners and care products with a clean cloth is usually sufficient. In the case of stains, the leather should not be rubbed too much to remove the stain, as this can loosen or ruin the leather color layer. Therefore no solvents should be used.
Good results can usually be achieved with leather care and repeated careful application and polishing.
Is a thin liquid emulsion, consisting of water, fats / oils and emulsifiers, and is applied to the leather with a cloth. The basic task is the moisturizing property. This includes functions such as UV filters and antioxidants that protect against leather deterioration. Care milk is usually absorbed very deeply into the leather structure.
We recommend the Crème Délicate from Famaco for this
The skin care cream offers the same logic and effect, only in a solid form. Due to stabilizers it has a higher strength (viscosity) and is applied more creamy. Care cream does not develop its effect in the leather structure quite like the care milk.
We recommend the Crème de Beauté from Famaco
In order to make smooth leather more water-repellent, but also to protect it from dirt, balms are usually used. These contain resins or waxes (beeswax) and are used for impregnation, as this closes the pores.
For covered leathers that are very dry. By soaking leather oil, a moisturizing effect can be achieved, as the oil can penetrate deep into the fibers. In this way, the leather regains its suppleness and thus its stability. With very old and dry leathers, you should use the oil sparingly and in stages so as not to make the leather too oily. With new leathers, leather oils usually only have a minor effect.
Leather grease is primarily suitable for so-called outer leather and covered smooth leather. Since these are usually exposed to great hardship. Leather grease is not suitable for open-pore leathers such as suede or aniline leather, as it leaves stains. Leather grease is quite tough and works well on very old leathers, such as old furniture or vehicle seats.
Basically, saddle soap is no longer really necessary today, as leather is produced in most tanneries in the "acidic range". Therefore, cleaning with alkaline soap such as saddle soap is not required. The cleaning can also be carried out with a normal leather cleaning agent. However, saddle soap is still available from specialist retailers in solid and liquid form.
We recommend Famaco saddle soap for this