How to clean pig leather

Written by jaimie zinski
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Pigskin, along with cowhide and buffalo hide, is widely used in the production of leather jackets and pieces that are intended to be more durable and take more of a beating. Many people have difficult telling the difference between pigskin and cowhide pieces because they are so similar in appearance, although pigskin does have a glossier appearance because of the manufacturing process. Caring for a pigskin piece is no different than caring for any other leather piece. Treat your pigskin well and it will stay tough and flexible longer.

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp mild soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Distilled water
  • Leather protectant or leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Prepare a mixture of two tbsp mild soap and three cups of water. Mild soap contains no dyes or perfumes. Do not use soaps that contain ammonia.

  2. 2

    Dip a microfiber cloth into the mixture. Wring out most of the liquid until the cloth is damp, not soaking wet.

  3. 3

    Wipe down the pigskin piece with the cloth. Do not work the soap into the surface as the pigskin is porous by nature and will absorb the liquid easily.

  4. 4

    Wipe away the soapy water with a dry microfiber cloth.

  5. 5

    Wet a second microfiber cloth with distilled water. Once again, wring out the cloth to remove excess water.

  6. 6

    Wipe down the pigskin piece with the damp cloth.

  7. 7

    Dry the pigskin piece immediately with a dry cloth. Remove as much moisture as possible to avoid any mould formation.

  8. 8

    Cover the pigskin piece with a layer of leather protectant or leather conditioner. Work the conditioner into the piece and wipe it away with a dry cloth. This will add a sheen to the pigskin piece and protect it from water damage.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using saddle soap, furniture polish, oils and products that contain wax on your pigskin piece.
  • Avoid storing or placing your pigskin piece near any heat sources, such as a radiator or fire place.

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