In order to maintain the appearance of your garment and gloves, offer free
technical advise which will keep your treasured garment and gloves looking like new for a
very long time.
They say a good thing should last forever - well there's nothing like proper leather
care to ensure the longevity and beauty of your favorite leathers. Our knowledgeable staff
has compiled the following recommendations to assist you in caring for fine leather.
|Leather, suede, nubuc and shearling are porous skins and do absorb and
retain dirt if unprotected. We suggest that you purchase and apply Tana Style 16
Protection before the first wearing, and periodically (every 5-6 weeks) with regular
wearing, and after exposure to rain or snow. Wearing a scarf will protect the collar area
from perspiration and natural body oils.
||Preserve the shape of your garment by using padded or wooden hangers.
Never cover your garment in plastic - leather needs air to prevent drying out. Cover with
a clean cloth sheet for seasonal storage. To avoid fading, keep your garment out of any
direct lighting or sunlight.
Care when wet
Hang the garment on a well-padded hanger, blot dry and
then allow to finish drying at room temperature (do not use a heat source). Suede, once
dry, should be brushed with a Tana Style 16 Bloc, Cleaning Chiffon, Renovating Brush or
terry cloth to raise the pile.
||Should be done only when absolutely necessary and only by a leather
specialist. Clean all matching pieces together to ensure those tones continue to match.
Reapply Tana Style 16 Protection before wearing.
Suede: use Tana Style 16 Renovating Brush or a rough terry
cloth often to keep dust and dirt from penetrating the nap. Use Tana Style 16 Renovating
Brush or Cleaning Chiffon to remove small spots. Reapply protective spray after cleaning.
||Pigmented Leather (finished surface): may be cleaned at home with a damp
cloth and very mild detergent. Wipe gently and blot dry. Tana Style 16 Cleansing Lotion
can also be used. Always test any cleaning solution on inside areas for color fastness.
Reapply protective spray.
Aniline Leather (little or no finish on surface): do not use water. Rain spots can be
removed by lightly rubbing the area with another part of the garment. Stains are best left
to professional leather cleaner.
Nubuc Leather: use Tana Style 16 Renovating Brush or Tana Style Nubuc Bloc to keep dust
and dirt from penetrating the nap. Reapply protective spray after cleaning.
Shearing: suede skins should be treated as suede (see above) . It is preferable that
Shearing be cleaned by a fur-cleaning specialist. Napa leatherized skins are very often
finished in a distressed style and can be treated as a pigmented leather. Napa Shearing
cannot be dry cleaned.
|As with the care of garment leathers, preventive maintenance is the best
care tip we can offer. Always take the time to spray your new bag and gloves with a
quality protector. We recommend Tana All Protector, before use, then again regularly,
depending on weather conditions and amount of use.
Salt stains on gloves are the most common complaint. When salt stains do set in, try
wiping the leather with diluted vinegar, then apply a polish and don't forget to spray it
For suede leather-goods and accessories, we suggest a regular brushing with a stiff
brush (never use steel bristles) and, if the item is looking shabby, try steaming them
over a kettle. Oh yes, don't forget to spray.
Smooth leather-goods are generally much easier to care for - just wipe with a damp
cloth and Ivory soap (diluted Mr. Clean for really grimy stains on finished leathers).
Some leather-goods items made from light finished Colombian leathers can only be cleaned
with a special natural conditioner that contains no wax or silicone, we recommend Leather
Naked or unfinished leathers should be sprayed to keep dirt from grinding into the
leather. Whatever you try, test it on an inconspicuous area first. You should always
protect these leathers, as there is no guaranteed safe way to clean them without
Some other helpful tips; run a bar of soap along the stiff zipper of your jacket or
gloves to make it glide easier; for a quick polish to your jacket and gloves just spray a
little Pledge on cloth (never use on dull, unfinished leathers).
||Placing your leather stuff
next to strong heat sources such as fireplaces or in direct sunlight can dry out the
natural oils in the leather and cause cracking and stiffening. The ultraviolet rays in the
sunlight will eventually fade all natural products, and leather is no exception.