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Leather is a durable and luxurious product, but it’s not cheap to invest in. The best way to make sure your investment lasts for years (even decades) to come is to take very good care of it. But with so many different types of leather out there all needing different types of care, it’s something best left to an expert. Professional leather cleaning services can restore old leather items handed down from family members and maintain current favourites so you can use them again and again.
You’ll find experienced leather cleaners on Airtasker who will take care of your favourite leather goods, from lounges and car seats to shoes, jackets, and accessories. When you work with a professional, you can relax knowing that your leather is in good hands.
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Not all leathers are the same, so when it comes to leather cleaning, it’s best to let a professional determine the type of leather. They’ll know how to clean it with the safest products and techniques, so you can enjoy your leather for longer.
Most professionals will clean leather with commercial products including mild, neutral-pH solutions and leather conditioners. They’ll use soft microfibre cloths or brushes to gently work the products into the leather with care and precision.
Leather cleaning professionals don’t need to be qualified, but many have certificates in working with leather (like a certificate 3 in leather production). The most important thing is checking that your cleaner has proven experience in cleaning your type of leather, so that they use the right cleaning agents and techniques.
Leather cleaning services include all the steps needed to clean, maintain, condition, and restore your leather product. They’ll also offer advice on how to take the best care of your leather between servicing. Here are some of the most common leather cleaning services:
Leather lounges are popular because they’re a classic look and usually last longer than fabric couches (especially with kids and pets around). Your professional leather couch cleaner will clean your couch with a soft cloth and mild soapy water, before drying it with a fresh cloth. They’ll then protect it from stains and cracking with a leather cream. Your cleaner will be sure to bring their own supplies and will always spot test first to make sure the products are safe to use on your leather.
Leather is often used for car seats, but since most cars are kept outside, they’re often exposed to a lot of direct sunlight. (Not to mention potential food and drink spills that happen in most cars.) Cleaning leather car seats regularly is important to help the leather last longer and maintain the value of your car. Your cleaner will start by checking how your seats are made to ensure they use the right techniques to clean them and avoid damage. They’ll vacuum the seats to remove surface dirt and debris before wiping leather cleaner onto the seats with a soft cloth. If your seats need deep cleaning, they’ll use a soft brush to work the cleaning agent in. They’ll wipe all the surfaces clean before conditioning your seats to protect them and keep them hydrated between cleans.
Leather shoe cleaning starts by gently removing any dirt with a soft brush. Your cleaner will clean the leather upper and rubber sole of your shoe, paying special attention to any seams. If there are any laces, they’ll remove them for hand or machine washing. Then your cleaner will use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the surface (following the grain of the leather) with soapy water, before drying with a fresh cloth. Next, they’ll polish and buff the shoe to prevent cracking. You can ask your cleaner to also apply a coat of protection to help your shoe stay shiny between cleans.
Leather jacket cleaning and bag cleaning can help remove odours and dirt from regular use. But it’s also ideal for waterproofing, colour protection, and ensuring your accessories last as long as possible. Techniques usually involve a general wipe over with a soft cloth and soapy water, before applying a leather protectant and conditioner to restore moisture.