Caring for the Fabrics in our Charlotte Homes #10

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Leather Care  Preventative care  Protectors  Most leather specialty shops sell leather protectors—sprays that guard your garment from stains, water, and skin oil damage.Leather conditioner keeps leather soft and pliable, and helps it repel water. Condition at least 4 times a year, or more if your leather is regularly exposed to rain or sun.Avoid spraying hairspray, perfume, or cologne while wearing your leather.  StorageAlways hang leather garments on padded hangers to help retain their shapeNever store leather in plastic or non-breathable covers —it could cause lether to dry out and lose its integrity. Instead, cover leather items with an old sheet for long-term storage.Keep leather out of direct sunlight and heat to prevent fading. Avoid very humid or dry environments.  Water damageIf your leather gets wet, blot dry with a towel. Hang up and dry at room temperature naturally away from a heat sources.Use leather conditioner after garment has dried. Natural drying sucks moisture out of leather and may cause it to become brittle or crack over time.  Stain removalIf stain is fresh, simply wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth. Do not rub.If stain is oily, sprinkle baking soda let sit overnight to absorb. Wipe off with a damp cloth.Do not use regular fabric stain removers on leather—they are likely to damage it.When using specialty leather cleaner, always test in an inconspicuous area first. Dab a little cleaner on and blot with a soft white cloth. If no color from the garment bleeds onto the cloth, the cleaner is safe to use.Take your leather garment to a cleaner using GreenEarth—it's safe on leather and suede and can get the stain out.