CLEANING THE LEATHERS AFTER PLAY OR A GOOD SMOKE.
Today the smell of stale smoke is not pleasant to anyone. The dominant, if He so wishes, can have His leather cleaned easily at home after being in a smoke-filled room. This can be done by anyone from the leatherboy, if the Dominant is lucky enough to have one, or he can have someone clean it or he can do the cleaning and maintenance himself. This should be the Dominant’s decision, of course, but many people do not enjoy the smell of cigar or cigarette smoke.
To remove the smell of smoke from leather, use undiluted vinegar. Take a spray bottle and put in a teaspoon of baking soda, two tablespoons undiluted vinegar and two cups of water. This creates foam. Once the foaming has stopped, replace the bottle lid and spray the solution as required completely over all the exposed leather. You should spray it directly onto the leather and wipe it off immediately. Then let it air dry COMPLETELY. If the smell still hasn’t been removed, put your leather in a plastic bag and put a bowl of vinegar in the bag and seal the bag for about one week. Your leather will come out smelling like vinegar instead of smoke, let it dry completely airing out the vinegar.
You will need to condition the leather either way after it has air dried. Condition the leather with Huberd’s shoe grease or Dubbin’s (a leather conditioner, to be heated at 180 f°) immediately following the drying process of the leather. Do not do this with suede leather.
For Cleaning leather I recommend the three products of Lexol cleaning, conditioning and Vinylex, They also make a Lexol cleaning wipe in canister for quick touch ups; Armorall is also an easy to find brand for wipes.
Also, all stainless steel or metal should be cleaned often or at least wiped down with Super Sani cloths or some type of antiviral solution.
Wipe afterwards with warm water, and dry towel.
HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER – HOMEMADE LEATHER CLEANING RECIPES
The question of how to clean Leather comes up not that often in our house. Mostly when we got to get stains out of a leather bag or furniture, we are looking into this. That’s how we got first started on trying to find some homemade leather cleaner recipe instead of spending money on some commercial product.
When you have to clean leather, the main thing to avoid is drying out the leather material.
If you are working with finished leather, you can generally use products and leather care solutions that you already have on hand. Unfinished leather requires more attention, so be careful when working with leather that lacks the sheen of finished leather.
How to Clean Leather
The first step in cleaning Leather is to use olive oil, soap and a towel. Try out the cleaning method on a small spot first to make sure that it does not change the color of the fabric. Afterward, use a damp towel with a little soap to clean the leather. Squeeze the towel of any excess water because it should only be damp. Wipe down the leather gently until the spots are removed.
Alternatively, you could use a conventional leather cleaner and leather conditioner. (read our review of one of the best leather cleaners here.)
Once you cleaned the leather, rinse the towel before using it to wipe away any soap residue. The leather is not entirely water resistant, so you cannot clean the material like you normally would. Instead, use the clean, damp towel to remove the residue.
Next, use a dry towel to remove any of the excess water that remains. If you have specific oils for leather, you can use them to recondition the material. For an at-home option, olive oil can help to recondition the material and prevent it from drying out.
How to Clean a Leather Bag
Homemade Leather Bag Cleaner Recipe:
1 part mild facial soap
8 parts water
mix in spray bottle
Leather purses or bags are susceptible to stains because they are used so frequently. Regular soap can prevent the material from breathing, so it is important to use a mild soap or facial soap.
You can make your leather cleaner at home. Just mix one part if mild facial soap in with eight parts water. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto a sturdy towel.
Use the towel to wipe against the grain of the leather until the stain has dissolved. Afterward, allow the bag to dry naturally inside your home. To protect the purse, use a small amount of leather moisturizer after it has dried completely.
Homemade Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
Several products in your kitchen can help to clean and condition leather. White vinegar is ideal as a basic homemade leather cleaner. It is perfect for regular cleaning and maintaining the health of the material. Meanwhile, lemon juice mixed with cream of tartar is excellent for removing stains.
To keep your leather supple, a mixture of one part white vinegar to two parts linseed oil can be applied with a soft towel. Let it rest for 12 hours and then buff the leather.
Alternatively, you can use other ingredients you might already have at home:
Recipe Natural Homemade Leather Conditioner
1 part Beeswax
1 part Cocoa Butter
2 parts Almond Oil
Beeswax is amazing for leather, but it takes some time to prepare. To make a beeswax leather conditioner, use one part beeswax, two parts almond oil and one part cocoa butter. Blend on medium heat until the oils melt into each other.
Once it cools, this balm can be massaged into the leather with your fingers before you polish it with a dry cloth. For an alternative, lemon essential oil is great for preventing cracks and ensuring the long-term health of your favorite leather bag or jacket.
Get Stains Out of Leather
Recipe DIY Homemade Leather Stain Remover – Natural Solution
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Cream of Tartar
Mix both to a soft paste
Apply with microfiber cloths
An at-home solution for removing leather stains involves one part cream of tartar and one part lemon juice. Mix it to get a creamy paste. Using a soft cloth, work it into the stain. If the stain remains, let it sit for a few hours before applying the mixture again. When the stain has been removed, wipe it clean and use a leather conditioner (see above recipe for conditioner). Over at our special post on shoe care, we show an all-natural recipe for cleaning leather shoes with vinegar and linseed oil. Another simple and easy-to-make recipe.
For water stains, you can use water to treat the stain. Wet the entire cushion, jacket or area with a sponge and room temperature water. Afterward, use the sponge to remove the moisture gradually. Do not scrub the fabric or expose it to the sun. As long as the water was reapplied uniformly, the water spots will disappear.
Removing very Old Stains
Just as you can get oils stains out of clothes, they can be removed with some cornstarch and patience. Rub some cornstarch into the stain until the friction makes your fingers warm up. The cornstarch will absorb the oil that is loosened from the heat. When you have absorbed all of the oil possible, brush the powder off. If any of the stains remain, repeat this method.
How to Get Ink Out or Pen Stains Off of Leather
Pen ink is a dye so that it will stain leather extremely fast. Unfortunately, your leather is also dyed, so any product that dissolves the ink can also dissolve the color of your leather. If you can afford it, find a professional to help. For small stains or individuals on a budget, some rubbing alcohol can help.
Make sure to test the rubbing alcohol on a small spot first to make sure that it does not damage the leather.
Using a cotton ball, apply some rubbing alcohol onto the ink stain. Use circular motions to rub it into the stain gently. Before long, the stain should begin to disappear. Since this will remove some of the leather’s moisture, make sure to apply leather conditioner afterward.
Cleaning White Leather
Natural Do-It-Yourself White Leather Cleaner Recipe
quarter cup of Vinegar
half a cup of Olive Oil
mix in Spray bottle
When cleaning white leather, never use bleach or ammonia because they will damage the fabric. Instead, use some water, mild soap and a few drops of vinegar. Dampen a cloth with this mixture before wiping down the leather.
For a natural alternative white leather cleaner, try using a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and ½ cup olive oil. Spray the mixture on the stain, allow it to sit for five minutes and wipe it off. Ideally, wipe up spills as they happen so that they are less likely to stain. Wiping down leather every few days with a dry cloth can help to prevent smudges and light soiling.
As you see, using some basic ingredients, it is quite easy to clean leather at home. Remember never to expose leather to direct sunlight and avoid any harsh chemicals.
After cleaning, always apply a leather conditioner so that the fabric remains supple and soft.