Care of Lorica Leather

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Care of Lorica Leather
Synthetic leather can be used for anything from belts and wallets to handbags and shoes. (leather belts image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Lorica leather is a synthetic leather substitute used in shoes and other products where leather would typically be used. In addition to being vegan and vegetarian-friendly, products made with Lorica leather claim to be odour-free, waterproof and flexible. Lorica leather is made of synthetic "micro-fibers" that are treated with resin and woven to create a leather-like feel. This means Lorica leather requires similar upkeep and maintenance as a leather product, but can show less wear and tear.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft brush or cloth
  • Damp sponge
  • Shoe or leather polish

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Instructions

    Ways to Clean Soiled Lorica Leather

  1. 1

    Use a soft, dry brush to gently remove dirt. If the product is dirty and wet, a simple wipe of a damp cloth will do the trick.

  2. 2

    Fill shoes with newspaper or wooden shoehorns to absorb moisture from the material. Like real leather, Lorica leather can crack if it becomes too dry. Do the same for a purse; products like belts or watch bands can be loosely wrapped in newspaper or cloth to dry.

  3. 3

    Place Lorica leather products in the sun or somewhere at room temperature to dry. It is important the products dry evenly, so avoid placing them near a heat source.

    Polishing Lorica Leather

  1. 1

    Polish the leather after it is completely dry. Once you've cleaned the Lorica leather item, you can use a polish to help maintain its flexibility and appearance. However, it needs to be dry before the polish is applied.

  2. 2

    Rub a small amount of shoe polish onto all surfaces of your product made from Lorica leather, using a dry cloth. Avoid any surfaces that are not made of the same material.

  3. 3

    Wipe off excess polish with an extra dry cloth if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Lorica leather does not require a water-protectant spray.
  • Do not put Lorica leather in a washing machine or dryer.
  • Avoid using strong detergents or cleaning solutions on Lorica leather.

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