Homemade Leather Cleaner

Learning how to make homemade leather cleaner can be great for anyone with leather goods to preserve.

Jackets, purses and gloves made of good quality leather can be severely damaged by everyday wear and tear. Exposure to the ground, harsh weather and dirt and oils from hands will make your product look old and far less expensive.

Keep in mind that unfinished leather and finished leather will react differently to stains. Unfinished leather products have not been coated as much as finished leather, making them more absorbent. This absorbency means liquids and oils stain the fabric easily.
There are several different recipes you can try for making homemade leather cleaner. One is equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. This will create a paste that you can rub gently into the leather and wipe off with a clean cloth. 

Rubbing alcohol can also be used as a leather cleaner. Apply a small amount of a cotton ball and rub it on your leather to remove stains. This works extremely well for ink stains. 

In the winter, salt stains are very common for leather boots. You can remove these annoying white stains with a solution made of one part water and one part white vinegar. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution to the boots and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.

There are also some simple ways to keep leather looking as new as the day you bought it. First, try to keep it out of sunlight, as it will cause the color to fade. Brush the leather goods with a microfiber cloth every few weeks.   Make a leather conditioner of one part white vinegar, two parts linseed oil and apply it gently with a soft cloth as needed. When you're not wearing your garments, store them in a dry, well-ventilated area and away from sunlight. Many garments will come with their own storage bag for this reason.

You should try to have your leather products cleaned professionally every two years or so. In the meantime, leather cleaner will remove any obvious stains and protect your items from wear and tear.

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