Simple-to-use: spray on/wipe off cleaner. Premium formula from leather experts extends the life of your valuable leathers. Safe, with no harsh chemicals and can also be used on leather-like materials such as durablend, vinyl, compound, and saffiano. Comes with a handy microfiber wiping towel.
Relatively high-priced compared to other brands. Some were disappointed that it doesn't completely remove certain old stains or ones from ink/dye-transfer.
From a long-trusted name in automotive surface care is this effective leather formula in a flip-top bottle. Gets rid of deeply ingrained dirt and soil on car interiors or furniture. Conditions and revives suppleness while it cleans, protects surfaces from harmful sun, heat, and humidity, and shields against future staining, cracking, fading, discoloration. Very cost-effective, too.
A few users didn't like the results achieved using this product, and one person didn't like the smell.
Leather cleaner, conditioner, and protectant in an easy-to-use spray bottle dispenser. Helps clean stains, condition material, repel future soiling and dust, and protect from harmful UV radiation, which fades and cracks leather. Treat every 45 days. Safe for any leather or vinyl surface (not for suede or unfinished leather). Reasonably priced.
Some who tried this product did not achieve the results they expected on certain types of stains. A few would prefer if the formula were not dispensed in a spray bottle, due to incidences of over-spray onto other areas.
Popular product made in the U.S. by a small family business specializing in premium leather conditioner and cleaner. Formula is concentrated, with every 4 ounce bottle yielding a cost-efficient 32 ounces of cleaner. Works on leather, vinyl, and faux leather, whether in saddles and tack, car interiors, furniture, purses, belts, shoes, etc. Manufacturer offers an "Unlimited 100% Satisfaction Guarantee."
Over 80% of buyers who tried this cleaner were happy or even amazed. The other 20% were less than impressed with its stain-removing effects, or negative interaction with their leather item.
2-in-one cleaner/conditioner works on all leathers, real or synthetic, in your car or in your house. Takes away the dirt, leaves a shine, and guards against future staining, damage from moisture, drying out, dullness, and cracking. Easy-to-apply, controlled, spray bottle format, with a pleasant, non-chemical, fragrance that the manufacturer says smells like real leather.
A small percent of users didn't get the cleaning results they desired, and a few cautioned that it makes surfaces slippery (e.g. be careful using it on a vinyl floor).
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Leather is a natural, durable product, outlasting cotton, nylon, or any other fabric. There are numerous examples of leather furniture built in the 1890s or earlier that is still in use today. Leather saddles, which take tremendous abuse and wear and tear during normal use, are still in good condition when they’re 80, 90, or 100 years old.
Of course, leather doesn’t last all that time on its own. Since it was a living product, it needs regular cleaning and conditioning to keep it in good shape. Conditioning keeps it from drying out and becoming brittle. The suppleness has to be maintained with oils that are specially formulated for that purpose.
Home remedy products such as olive oil, linseed oil, and flax oil touted on DIY sites have long since been superseded by modern conditioners. It’s the difference between cooking on a wood burning stove or cooking on a modern gas stove with all the bells and whistles. Both get the job done, but the modern version is better.
Keep reading as we run down which leather cleaner would work best for you.
Normally, the size of the bottle may not be a consideration when you’re buying a cleaning product, but in this case, it is. If you have leather furniture, you may not be able to get a large bottle into the right position to spray hard-to-reach areas. In this case, you have to spray a cloth in order to transfer the cleaner to the leather. The problem is, some cleaners require that you spray them directly on the leather. If you’re cleaning leather shoes, boots, bags, purses, and so on, it won’t be a problem.
What object or furniture you’re cleaning determines what kind of cleaner you should get and also determines whether it should be sprayed directly on the leather or be sprayed on a cloth first.
Leather cleaners usually come premixed and ready to use, but some are in a concentrated form that you have to dilute with water, which is an extra step in the cleaning process. If you’re willing to do this, you can get more bang for your buck. If you just want to spray and go, then a concentrate probably isn’t for you.
How much surface area does a particular cleaner cover? Few of them answer that question exactly, but you can get a feel for it by reading the instructions. Cleaners which suggest using a paper towel normally don’t cover as much as those which recommend using a microfiber cloth.
The reason is simple: microfibers have millions of tiny pockets that absorb cleaners and conditioners and release them over a larger area than other fibers. Cleaners that recommend paper towels aren’t absorbed as readily as microfibers and therefore don’t cover as much territory.
DIY sites often advise you to use olive oil as a conditioner on leather. Don’t do it. The oil can seep into the leather and react badly with it, giving it a noticeable odor.
Leather cleaners come in two basic varieties: sprays and gels. Sprays are exactly what you might expect: a thin liquid that can be sprayed from a pump spray bottle. You can spray them directly on the leather fabric or spray the cloth to dampen it.
Gels can’t be sprayed; they must be squeezed onto a cloth and then transferred to the leather, or they can be squeezed onto fabric then rubbed in with a cloth. The main advantage to the second type is the ease of use on furniture that has tight areas where it would be difficult to maneuver a spray bottle into position to spray the leather.
Some leather cleaners are just that — a cleaner. However, some combine a cleaning agent with a conditioner to keep the leather oiled, supple, and pliable. If you get one that is only a cleaner, purchase a conditioner separately. Otherwise, you will have very clean but very dry and cracked leather.
Cleaners that include a conditioner might sound like a better bargain, but combination products don’t always do the best job of cleaning or conditioning.
Some leather cleaners cannot be used on unfinished leather products or things like suede and faux leather; others can be used on such fabrics. Make sure you know which fabrics you have on your furniture, car seats, coats, and shoes before you buy. The wrong product could cause serious problems with your fabric.
Leather is susceptible to UV rays from the sun. It can dry out, crack, and break from prolonged exposure to the sun. To prevent that, you need to condition the leather after it’s cleaned. With a cleaner that also conditions, you don’t have to go over it twice — it’s a time-saver as well as a way to protect your leather goods from sun damage.
Inexpensive: Low-priced products below $10 come from top-of-the-line brand name manufacturers.
Mid-range: From $10 to $16, you will find products that may be cleaners only. You will also find combination products that include both cleaners and conditioners.
Expensive: Cleaners $16 and above include concentrated products. Some have a more complicated manufacturing process, which adds to the price. Price is not always the best indicator for the quality of leather cleaning products. For the most part, you shouldn’t have to pay more than $20.
Before cleaning leather shoes or boots, remove the shoelaces. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove anything that might be stuck to the leather before using any cleaners or conditioners on it.
Ink stains on leather require a delicate touch. Use a cotton swab to gently apply a cleaner to the spot. Don’t rub the spot or it could spread. Instead, dab at the spot until it’s gone.
Thoroughly dust your leather products before using a cleaner or conditioner on them. A vacuum cleaner is an excellent method of getting all the dust out of the tiny pores in the leather.
The first time you use a new cleaner or conditioner on your leather goods, apply a tiny amount on an inconspicuous part of the fabric. Apply it as per the instructions, and observe the area for a couple of days to see if there is any staining or discoloration. Once you know it’s safe for your type of leather, you can use it on the whole item.
No two pieces of leather are identical. Make sure you test your cleaners and conditioners independently on each leather product before cleaning or conditioning a whole item.
After each application of a cleaner or conditioner, buff the leather with a dry cloth. Don’t leave any excess moisture on the leather.
We like Weiman Leather Cleaner & Conditioner for its great price and excellent results. Spray it onto a soft cloth, then wipe the leather surface and buff it clean. It works on leather items of all kinds such as shoes, boots, coats, furniture, car seats, saddles, and more. Any finished leather product can be cleaned and conditioned. It comes in a large 22-ounce spray bottle.
We also like Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner. This two-step cleaner and conditioner leaves your leather car seats clean and smelling brand new. It works equally well on other finished leather products. It's a little more expensive than similar products.
Q. How often should leather be cleaned?
A. Most leather should be cleaned and conditioned at least three times a year. Leather items that are frequently exposed to sun for extended periods, such as car seats, should be cleaned and conditioned at least once a month to prevent drying and cracking. Leather that is exposed to cold, dry weather should be cleaned and conditioned frequently as well.
Q. What should I do about stains that won’t come out?
A. Stains that won’t come out indicate the unwanted liquid has penetrated the pores of the leather and spread laterally throughout the material. If that happens you need to get your leather item professionally cleaned.
Q. Can I get professional leather cleaning products and do it myself?
A. No. Those products are often regulated and restricted to licensed professionals. If over-the-counter cleaners and conditioners don’t remove a stain, you may have to pay quite a bit for someone else to do it.
Q. How often should dark or light leather be cleaned?
A. Leather that is light in color has to be cleaned more frequently than dark leather. You should clean dark leather three or four times a year and clean light leather once a month.
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