Lambskin leather is beyond beautiful. It is as soft as leather can come and will make you feel as if you have a luxurious second skin. While it is beautiful and can make you feel wonderful, it is also more difficult to take care of because it is so fragile. Luckily, with a few simple lambskin leather care tips, you can have your lamb and wear it too!
When you get home from the store, giddy with delight, you will feel like you cannot wait to wear your beautiful lambskin coat. But, you must wait. In order to protect it, it is wise to apply a good lambskin protectant before wearing it. Not any old protectant will do though. You will need to find one that is made specifically for delicate leather. It is best to have this professionally done to add some durability to this fragile material. If you do decide to do it yourself, protectant is best sprayed on evenly not rubbed into leather as it may streak the color.
Be very careful when cleaning lambskin leather because it is tough to clean without darkening the leather. To begin, you will simply need a clean, soft cloth. Take your cloth and slowly wipe the stain in a gentle manner, but do not scrub and do not use water, this will only stain your jacket. If you have multiple, tough stains or excessive dirt and grime, it is best to let a professional clean your fragile lambskin leather.
As with any leather, conditioning your lambskin leather is essential. This is the only way to prevent it from drying out and cracking. It is vital that you find a leather conditioner that works well on lambskin in order to prevent any damage. If you are unsure, try it on an inconspicuous area first to determine its effectiveness. Since conditioners may darken the leather a shade, pre-test in a hidden spot. When you pre-test, use a white cloth and look for the following results:
1. Color on the cloth.
2. Change to color of leather one hour after application.
If either happens, use the leather care product sparingly.
A large part of caring for your lambskin leather is how it is stored. We hope that you would not just throw your investment in the back of a closet and forget about it, but just in case, here are a few tips.
• Use a padded hanger to retain a lambskin leather jacket’s shape.
• Do not cover lambskin leather in plastic as this will cause it to dry out.
• Do not store lambskin leather in direct sunlight.
• Store your lambskin in a cool, dry place, not hot and moist.
Now you can go out and purchase that beautiful lambskin leather jacket you have had your eye on. Just make sure that you treat it right. Just like a lady, your jacket needs extra TLC to keep it in good shape for many years to come.
Chris Repp (www.leatherhelp.com)