Leather is one of the most widely used materials in the world. It is used in the creation of everyday items like shoes, bags, wallets, and belts. Leather is used as upholstery for furniture as well. It is definitely a fine and precious material that can make stuff look fantastic. However, leather is not immune to stains. Any stain can destroy what leather should look and feel like. Grease and oil stains on leather can really change how any leather will look like and removing the stain can be quite difficult. Fortunately, there are some tricks on how to effectively remove grease and oil stains from your leathered items.
- Identify the type of leather. There are two types of leather, pure and semi aniline. It is important to identify the type of leather used in a stained item for you to know what stain removal methods will be effective. Pure aniline leather has no integrated coating that protects it from stains. This type of leather is normally unfinished and used to make work gloves, boots, and saddles. Semi aniline leather is finished leather with a protective coating that keeps it safe from stains of almost any kind. It is used to make coats, wallets, bags, and belts. Furthermore, if semi aniline leather is stained, it is much easier to remove the stain than pure aniline leather. For this process, let us assume that the leather item you stained is made of semi aniline leather.
- Blot the leather. When drops of oil or grease spills and stains your beloved leather item, the first thing to do to remove the stain is to quickly get a clean cloth or rag and gently blot it on the area of the stain. The cloth will absorb the grease or oil away from the leather. The objective is to lift the stain using the cloth. Do not, in any way, wipe the stain off as this will make the stain spread. Wiping it will make your stain area larger and harder to remove.
- Powder it. As soon as you have seen that you have blotted the stain enough with the cloth, get some talcum powder and apply a generous amount on the whole area of the stain. Make sure to cover the whole area of the stain. Talcum powder will absorb any grease left on the leather. Leave the powder to absorb and dry out the stain for about 4 to 5 hours.
- Take it to a professional. Stains on finished leather are very easy to remove and clean. However, if you have stains on unfinished or pure aniline leather, then you will need to bring that in to professional leather cleaner. The cleaning process is complicate and will require expert hands to achieve a stain-free leather item.
- Condition the leather. Once the stain is removed, you will want to restore and protect your leather from other elements and make it look like it once was. For finished or semi aniline leather, apply a restoration conditioner specifically made for leather. For unfinished or pure aniline leather, use mink oil.
Leather is an expensive and precious material that most people use for everyday things. It is vital to apply proper maintain and clean these items to make it last longer and age gracefully.