The Clothing, Lingerie and Apparel Dictionary
Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel
Apparel: Clothing, especially outer garments or attire
The care of your leather clothing and leather lingerie is very important to keep it in like new condition. The most important thing to do is to follow the manufacturers care instructions. Some other things that you can do are:
∑ If your leather clothing or leather lingerie becomes wet, let it dry at room temperature.
∑ If your leather clothing or leather lingerie becomes stained, gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth.
∑ It is a good idea to use a repellent product to condition your leather item.
∑ Store your leather clothing or leather lingerie on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain the shape.
∑ Do not store your leather clothing or leather lingerie in a hot or damp area.
∑ Leather clothing and leather lingerie needs to be stored in a temperature controlled environment.
∑ If you will be covering your leather when you are storing it; cover it with a breathable cloth like cotton sheets.
∑ Do not cover your leather clothing or leather lingerie with plastic. The plastic will cause the leather to dry out.
exposing your leather to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
items can last for a lifetime if they are regularly maintained and treated well.
Leather is skin and just as you would clean your own, you need to clean and
nourish your leather to help retain its durability and texture.
∑ Leather conditioners should be applied with a soft cloth to not only help in the cleaning process, but to also provide good water repellent properties.
∑ Continual contact with moisture (sweat, rain, urine, alcohol, etc.,) can cause the leather to stiffen. Before you start cleaning the full surface of your leather item, test out the cleaner on a smaller, less visible area. Wait a few minutes. If you don't notice any color distortion, proceed with the rest of the item.
∑ When cleaning your leather NEVER use strong detergents such as laundry detergent. Always choose a product that helps preserve the leather's natural lubricating oils rather than strip them away. Most cleaning products sold in department and shoe stores are safe. But, it never hurts to ask.
∑ Warm soapy water, using baby shampoo or a similar soap, is the best cleaning solution for removing difficult or oily marks, stains or odors. Rub baby shampoo into the area of any oily stains before rinsing. Try to avoid cleaners that leave any sort of grease or residue. Residue can make leather vulnerable to bacteria, which will tarnish the leather and eventually break down the stitching. To remove the excess cleaner, use a slightly dampened cloth or a small brush around the stitching.
∑ Make sure soap/shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly to avoid stiffening.
∑ Leather should never be dried in front of a direct heat source as this damages the leather and also causes the hide to stiffen. Make sure to clean and treat your leather before it's dry. Never use heat to dry leather (it should air-dry) and always stuff the garment while it's drying, in order to make sure it maintains its shape.
∑ When storing leather articles, donít throw them to the bottom of the wardrobe, instead hang them up and make sure they are ventilated to prevent them from molding.
∑ Get a Nubuck cloth; it's a great leather care tool for cleaning and restoring your item to its original look.
∑ Clean your leather goods as often as you need to and make sure they're dust-free at all times.
∑ Never use caustic household chemicals to clean your leather items.
Removing Stains and Smells
from Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:
Place blotting paper or brown paper on the leather and then apply a
cool/moderate iron to remove wax from leather. Keep applying the iron on clean
blotting or brown paper, to the wax spot until the paper is no longer absorbing
∑ Hand wash in warm water.
∑ Use baby shampoo, mild soap or fabric softener. DO NOT use laundry detergent.
∑ Gently squeeze the water from the leather clothing or leather lingerie. Do not twist or wring as this can cause the garment to crease or wrinkle.
∑ Make sure to completely dry all metal fittings or they can rust.
∑ Lay out flat on clean, dry towel to soak up extra moisture. Dry at room temperature without direct heat. It can take 48 - 72 hours to dry depending on the garment.
∑ Apply leather conditioner with a soft cloth. Be sure to remove all excess leather conditioner. Do not apply leather conditioner to the suede side of leather.
∑ Always store in a well ventilated area.If in doubt, have your leather clothing or leather lingerie professionally cleaned. Many quality dry cleaners offer this service.
Most buckles, rivets, studs, snaps, rings, etc., are nickel plated steel with the exception of chain which is chrome plated steel and other metal fittings that are brass coated. If the fittings are not cleaned regularly or cleaned and dried after contact with moisture, rusting will occur. When cleaning leather with conditioner, applying the conditioner to the metal fittings will increase their longevity. Surface rust can be removed with chrome cleaner, Autosol, WD40 (nickel), or Brasso (brass).
For leather clothing and leather lingerie, it is recommended to look for manufacturers that no longer use nickel plating. Aside from the above mentioned problems, many people have a sensitivity or allergy to nickel which can cause painful irritations where it comes into contact with the skin.
Repairing Damage to Your
Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:
Conditioning Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:
∑ All types of leather need conditioning. The fats and/or oils found in conditioners help lubricate leather and replenish its suppleness.
∑ Beware of products that contain petroleum or mineral oils; they will damage your leather goods over time.
∑ Similar to cleaning products, avoid conditioners that leave thick, greasy residue. Instead, look for products that penetrate the leather's fibers.
∑ Condition your leather items several times during the season. Do so more often if the item is exposed to hot sunny conditions or moisture.
∑ If your leather has been dampened, restore its flexibility by applying a bit of conditioner just before it dries out completely. Lexol is generally a good conditioner for most leathers.
Polishing Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:
∑ For a clean and glossy finish, polish your leather item with a fine polishing agent. Be careful when polishing, as some products contain coloring agents that might stain the leather's natural color.
∑ Some products might also clog the leather's pores, causing permanent damage. This is usually the case for waxes and many silicon-based products. (Again, you should always test out a new product on a small, less visible area before proceeding with the rest of the item.) Also, keep in mind that using mink oil or other animal fats might darken leather.
∑ Buff your leather to a shine.
Protecting Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:
∑ Protection is perhaps the most important step of leather care. Obviously, you should try to protect every new leather item before wearing it.
∑ It's recommended that you protect your leather item against moisture such as rain, snow, sweat, and other liquid hazards. Unprotected leather will stiffen and crack rather quickly. Again, beware of the protector you choose. Some protectors might fill the leather's pores with grease, which will eventually make cleaning, conditioning and polishing more difficult.
∑ Always apply leather protector on clean, dry leather. Apply it periodically and make sure the item is dry before wearing it.
∑ Several types of leather require more specialized maintenance. If in doubt, have your leather cleaned and maintained professionally.
∑ Tana Style 16 Protective Spray protects leather from moisture and staining, and is recommended for all types of leather.
Storing Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie - Leather Storage Tips:
∑ Always store your leather items in cool, dry places.
∑ Never store leather in plastic bags or other nonporous covers or containers.
∑ When hanging leather pants or jackets, avoid using metal hangers.
∑ Always stuff empty leather handbags with newspaper and use shoetrees when storing leather shoes and boots.
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