Leather Care

CUE TATTOO LEATHER WRAP CLEANING AND CARE
Make sure to treat your wrap with Aussie Leather conditioner with Beeswax after it is first installed. Then follow these instructions:

-For light soiling wipe down with a clean damp paper towel/terry cloth towel.

-For heavier soiling use Saddle Soap and follow instructions on container.

-After leather wrap has been cleaned allow to dry completely then apply Aussie Leather Conditioner with Beeswax and
follow instructions on container.

*NOTE: Do not use any leather conditioner containing silicone as this will clog the pores of the leather
and significantly shorten the life of the wrap.

The following instructions pertain to all other leather.
There are three stages in leather care that include cleaning, conditioning, and protection. It is important to remember to work on your leather in a well-ventilated area. Some leather care products are very strong and can cause irritations. DO NOT use leather cleaner on Nubuck or Suede, simply clean with a damp sponge.

You can find a good leather cleaner at any sporting goods store and most shoe stores and shoe repair shops.

CLEANING
To clean a leather item, first choose a cleaner that will help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them. . The cleaner of your choice should not leave any greasy residue behind. Residue makes leather susceptible to bacteria and can break down the stitching of your item. Before applying anything to your leather item, be certain to test it out for effect and possible color distortion on an area that isn’t visible to the eye. Once you’ve ascertained whether the leather care product is acceptable to use, apply it to your item. With a slightly dampened cloth, remove the cleaning product. For areas with stitches, there are brushes available on the market.

CONDITIONING
Leather conditioners are meant for occasional use. They contain fats and/or oils that help lubricate leather and replenish the suppleness. Look for a product that will penetrate the strong fibers in leather. While petroleum by-products won’t damage your leather immediately, they do over a period of time. Again, just as with cleaning, keep on the look out for thick, greasy conditioning treatments for the best care of your leather.

PROTECTION
Moisture barriers are extremely crucial in preventing rain or other liquid hazards from damaging leather. Stiffness and spouting will happen if leather isn’t protected beforehand. There is a drawback in protecting leather with a moisture barrier product. They tend to fill in the pores with a greasiness that makes cleaning, conditioning, and polishing difficult, but it’s a necessary process to ensure leather isn’t destroyed. Periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow it time to penetrate and dry before using your leather item.

MILDEW REMOVAL
To remove mildew from leather, create a mixture of one-cup rubbing alcohol per one-cup of water. Wipe the mildew area with a cloth dipped in the diluted alcohol, then allow it to dry. If the mildew persists, use mild soap and water that contains a germicide, then remove with a clean dampened cloth and allow to dry.

WET WEATHER
An important key to keeping leather in top-notch condition is to treat wet leather before it has a chance to dry. Remove any dirt, mud, or other stains with a cleaning agent, then condition while the pores are still fully responsive. It is critical to remember that leather should be dried away from heat. If the leather in question is a garment, it’s a good idea to stuff the garment to retain shape.

LEATHER STORAGE
Remember that leather is a natural material and should never be stored in plastic because it encourages the growth of mildew and bacteria and will ruin the leather. Always store leather in a cool, dry place away from heat. If the leather item is a garment, store in a breathable bag.

STAIN REMOVAL
Fresh stains from things such as blood and food can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth. Stains from oil or grease can be lifted by grinding ordinary blackboard chalk, sprinkling the area, and leaving the powder on for a twenty-four hour period. Resist the urge to rub the powder in. After a sufficient time has past, simply use a leather care brush to remove the powder. While fresh stains can be treated and cleaned at home, ground-in stains should be attended to by a professional cleaner who deals in leather.