How to clean calfskin leather

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How to clean calfskin leather
Clean items made with calfskin leather with care. (Getty Premium images)

Leather has been a well-used material for centuries, being employed in the manufacturing of shoes, purses, rugs, hats, belts and many other products. While calfskin leather is an all-natural fibre, it must be carefully prepared in order to result in high-quality apparel and upholstery. It is also necessary that the calfskin leather be properly cleaned in order to maintain the correct durability, look and longevity.

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Things you need

  • Leather brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Steam cleaner
  • Leather degreaser
  • Flannel cloth
  • Calfskin leather conditioner
  • Leather surface protector

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  1. 1

    Brush the calfskin with a special leather brush in the direction of the nap to soften and condition the leather and remove surface dirt.

  2. 2

    Dampen the calfskin product with a wet soft cloth or with a steam cleaner.

  3. 3

    Allow the calfskin to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Remove sweat and grease stains with a leather degreaser product applied on a flannel cloth, following the instructions included on the package.

  5. 5

    Apply a leather conditioner, if appropriate. Calfskin products such as shoes, purses and jackets can benefit from this application.

  6. 6

    Apply a surface protector designed for calfskin leather. This will protect against stains that may otherwise penetrate the surface of the leather.

  7. 7

    Buff the surface of the calfskin leather with the leather brush or a clean, dry cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean surface dirt and soil off calfskin as soon as possible to avoid permanent stains.
  • Calfskin hides can be cleaned with mild soap and water, provided that the entire hide is treated. It will, however, stiffen and need to be softened after cleaning.
  • Spot cleaning calfskin leather products with water can cause stains to spread, as well as discolour the surface.

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