When’s the last time you dropped your beautiful leather wallet in a puddle of mud or much worse? What if somebody accidently spills food or drink on it as a result of you carelessly leaving it next to your dinner plate? Ever wondered what cleaners are best to use on a leather wallet?
Relax! Your leather wallet cleaning woes shall come to an end with this handy guide:
First off: What Not to Use While Cleaning Your Leather Wallet
It’s important that you know how to preserve that fine leather material – which means avoiding the following at all costs:
- Rough cloths and brushes
- Paper towels
Ammonia and bleach cleaners can wreak havoc on the leather, drying it out unnecessarily, while petroleum-based products can clog the natural pores on the cowhide, causing your wallet to look worn out and even age prematurely. Rough surfaces like brushes, clothes and paper towels will tarnish the surface.
Natural sponges and white cloths are best. The right cleansers are essential which we’ll discuss in just a moment, as is the level of water you use. Too much liquid can soak in causing the leather to stain.
Basic Cleaning Tips
Depending on your leather wallet brand, you may be able to find cleaning instructions in the accompanying literature that came with it or perhaps the manufacturer’s website. Either way, follow these steps to clean your leather wallet thoroughly while also preserving its natural and luxurious look:
- A microfiber towel or soft cloth
- A bowl
- Dry sponge
- Body soap or white vinegar
- Distilled water
- Oil-based leather conditioner (not any other kind)
Combine some soap with olive oil or use white vinegar instead, if you like. Dab a little on the microfibre towel. Apply the solution to a small portion at a time to make sure that the colour and texture does not change.
Use a damp towel (never soaking wet) to clean the rest of the wallet – using gentle, circular motions. Keep wiping away until all spots are gone and the wallet’s natural texture and colour are restored. Now pat the wallet dry with a dry sponge. At this point, an oil-based leather conditioner or even olive oil can be used to polish your wallet into a nice finish.
Removing Those Stubborn Stains
After giving your wallet a thorough clean, you might have noticed that some stains are still lingering around. Different stains demand a different cleaning approach:
Oily and Greasy Stains
Apply a little baking soda using a soft moist cloth. Apply this mixture and leave it in overnight. Remove the powder residue by using a soft fabric such as a microfibre towel.
Even though nail polish remover might work well, it can remove some of your wallet’s colour as well. Dip a cotton ball into the nail polish remover and blot the ink stained surface lightly. Do not rub over too much or spread the ink stain. Wipe the area off with a damp cloth.
Generic Stubborn Stains
Cream of tartar and lemon juice in equal parts work well to remove most stains. Apply the mixture to affected areas and let it seep in for half an hour. Remove it with soft and damp cloth, followed by a light application of your oil-based leather conditioner.
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