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post #1 of Old 06-23-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best way to clean leather and suede upholstery?

G'Day There,

I have recently started my own environmentally friendly carpet and upholstery cleaning business.

I am not very confident cleaning leather and suede so was hoping i would be able to get some tips on the best way and method of doing so???

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post #2 of Old 06-24-2011, 08:06 AM
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I clean the leather at home with soap. It really works and I am not afraid it can ruin it.
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I clean my leather with leather cleaner by Mr Sheen, "Shifts, Cleans and Shines"
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post #4 of Old 09-24-2013, 12:26 AM
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best way to clean leather

WE have various tips and these are:-
1. use a premium and high quality leather to keep leather clean.
2. clean leather regularly to keep it from drying out.
3. protect the leather from harmful UV rays.
4. avoid using cleaning fluid and polish or oil.
5. keep away the leather from radiators and heating items.
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post #5 of Old 10-09-2013, 04:13 AM
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I personally think, just using the old classic way of soap and luke warm water is the best, a lot of the cleaning products are quite harsh these days
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post #6 of Old 12-03-2013, 06:02 AM
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A vapor steamer works nicely. I wouldn't advise using soap, it dries out the natural oils from the leather.
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Suede is made from the inner hide of various animals such as goats, lambs and calves. It is a much thinner and softer material than leather and requires special treatment to avoid

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Read the label & cleaning instructions on the piece of furniture. Some can be cleaned with an extractor but some say to dry clean only!
Most upholstery cleaners won't touch a piece without seeing a label first. Use water with caution. You may end up with a water stain that is worse than the original stain.
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Great, honest review! Thanks
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post #11 of Old 01-03-2014, 01:16 PM
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I highly, HIGHLY, recommend leathermaster products. Suede can be a little difficult to deal with, if it isnt too soiled I recommend a tack cloth. Otherwise it can be more of a restoration as opposed to a cleaning. If you have white stuff on it (spew, basically fats and oils) you need spew remover.
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Leather upholstery should be cleaned every six months or so with a mixture of water and mild soap. It should then be rinsed thoroughly with a soft cloth.It is best to use distilled water to avoid discoloration from any chemical contaminants that might be present in tap water.It should then be rebuffed with clean white cloth to restore luster. Using a leather conditioner will help keep the leather upholstery looking its best.But the suede upholstery should be handled more carefully.It should be cleaned with a napping brush and a Nubuck cleaning cloth. Always use gentle touch when cleaning suede as over cleaning any particular spot will damage the nap. To give the nap an even an even look after cleaning,run over the surface in one direction with a dry sponge. Avoid using any kind of solvents or cleaners on the upholstery that are not designed specially for suede.
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I too would be careful using water.
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Good Lord... Don't use soap and water to clean leather.

If you are going to add leather cleaning to your services and you don't know what you're doing, attend a leather cleaning course and get educated before you ruin someone's leather.
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Use following tips:
Rub the surface with a soft towel, Use pencil eraser to remove small stains, you can also use damp towel and some white vinegar, If there are lumps, then try to rasping them off with a fingernail file, brush them gently with a wire suede brush.
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Water with soft towel is sufficient! If you don know a chemical engineer to mix some soap mixtures to clean and not ruin the surface.
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post #17 of Old 10-23-2014, 10:29 AM
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you can use the soap to clean the leather at home like I do. It actually works. Besides, you can also use a vapor steamer to eliminate the oil from the leather in case.

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Great information! Thanks for the post guys!
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One trick I use with suede or synthetic suede, like alcantara, is finish by dry brushing lightly with soft bristles to help pick up the fibers, then go over it with a crevice tool on the vacuum to give it a very even look. Keeping the crevice tool an 1/8" or so above the fibers prevents matting the fibers again. I've also been know to use compressed air to blow them back up to achieve an even look.
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http://www.edocr.com/doc/237604/leat...-professionals

Read this document about leather and upholstery cleaning.
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