The cleaning of leather and suede is a craft practised by skilled artisans. We defer to our own specialists who carefully grade and inspect each garment prior to cleaning. Unlike cleaning normal fabrics, the cleaning of suede and leather requires extensive work post-cleaning to restore the garment to its original condition. For example, smooth leathers often require re-texturing to achieve the same finish and suede garments frequently require re-tinting to restore their original colour.
During cleaning, the oils within suede and leather garments are removed. Part of the processing involves re-oiling the skin to keep it supple. During re-oiling the skin can become a few shades darker. For this reason you should always clean garments that are part of a set together.
We can only implore you to choose a specialist leather cleaner – we hear too many horror stories of what happens when customers entrust their treasured suede and leather garments to dry cleaners who are not familiar with the appropriate methods.
Suede Cleaning Tips
Suede is very difficult to clean. We would advise you to use a protector spray which will provide some protection against soiling and staining. You should reapply the spray at least twice a year.
You should never store a suede garment in plastic. Over time the acid in the plastic can remove the colour from the garment, and it is very difficult to restore this colour.
Stains that may contain bacteria such as blood, egg and milk should be treated as soon as possible. Otherwise the bacteria within the stain can start to feed on the skin and cause permanent damage
If your garment gets wet, dry it naturally rather than placing it on a radiator otherwise you may be left with water marks.
Suede should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place. You should avoid storing suede in a damp basement or a humid attic. Your garment should also be stored out of direct sunlight as this will cause the skin to deteriorate.
If you have a light-coloured suede garment, allowing it to get very dirty before you clean it may make it impossible to restore. It’s best to act early to achieve the best results.