How to clean deerskin leather

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How to clean deerskin leather
You can clean your deerskin in a washing machine. (alzay/iStock/Getty Images)

Deerskin leather is not only incredibly soft and supple but also lightweight, breathable and durable. Because of those qualities, many people around the world use the material. Deerskin leather is an attractive fashion and interior design material, used in items including gloves, shoes, clothing, furniture and some sports equipment. Although deerskin leather doesn't stand up well to abrasion such as harsh rubbing or twisting, you can wash it with mild soap and water whenever it becomes dirty without it losing its original look and feel after drying, unlike many leather types.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Mild soap
  • Sink
  • Washing machine (optional)
  • Lint-free, textured microfiber cloths
  • Dryer (optional)
  • Towel (optional)
  • Fan (optional)
  • Hair dryer (optional)
  • Talcum powder or flour (optional)

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    Hand wash

  1. 1

    Check the label on your deerskin leather item to determine the appropriate cleaning method -- hand or machine wash. If your item doesn't have a label, wash by hand.

  2. 2

    Fill a sink with cold water and enough mild soap to make the water soapy, then wash your deerskin leather. If washing a deerskin "Hand Wash Only" leather garment or other unattached or small item, place the deerskin leather item in the water, soak for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe gently with a lint-free textured microfibre cloth. If washing deerskin attached to a stationary or large item such as furniture, soak a microfibre cloth in the wash water, squeeze out excess water, then wipe your deerskin leather upholstered item with the cloth to wash.

  3. 3

    Rinse your deerskin leather under cold running tap water or with non-soapy, damp microfibre cloths.

  4. 4

    Dry your deerskin leather item. If you washed and rinsed your item in a sink, squeeze the excess water gently from the material, then lay it on a towel on a flat, smooth surface to air-dry. If you washed and rinsed the leather with cloths, blot the leather with cloths lightly and gently to remove excess water, then air-dry with a fan or hair dryer on the "Cool" setting.

    Washing machine

  1. 1

    Place your deerskin leather in the washing machine.

  2. 2

    Wash the leather in cold, mildly soapy water on the "Delicate" or "Gentle" cycle.

  3. 3

    Remove your deerskin leather item from the washing machine. Place it in your dryer and dry on the "No Heat" or "Air" setting or lay flat on a towel to air-dry.

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