How to Clean Leather Clothing to Make it Last a Lifetime

Leather SKIIM Paris Craftsmanship

 

We are set on designing clothes that transcend trends and evolve with the wearer. That also means that the quality of our clothes has to last, through parties, generations, messy slip-ups and all weathers. 

 

We ensure that we use only the most durable, high-quality leather. However, it is also the wearer's responsibility to maintain and clean it in a kind way as whilst it is a strong material, it is also delicate - one of the reasons we love it so much! We interviewed our Founder, Caroline, to give you all her top leather cleaning tips! 

How do you clean leather?

"You have to treat leather like your skin! It needs to be looked after. That means I only wash it when it needs to be. I also clean my leather at home. It is more environmentally friendly and softer on the material than taking it to the dry cleaners."
Arizona Muse Les Classiques Skiim paris
Arizona Muse in Les Classiques; the Richie Shirt and the Olivia Leggings

What is your process to clean leather at home?

"1) If it is a light stain, use a baby wipe or a damp cloth to take it up. It helps to dab the leather and remember not to get it too wet!
2) Like your skin, leather needs moisturising so it doesn't dry out when you put water on it. Use a light moisturising lotion to keep it soft by massaging it into the leather, as you would your skin."

What if the stain on my leather is bad? 

"If the stain is big and stuck, take it to an eco-dry cleaners like BLANC!"
Arizona Muse SKIIM Paris Les Classiques
Arizona Muse in the Angie Biker Jacket in Black

What if my leather jacket gets wet? 

"Be careful with rain! I always make sure to waterproof my leather clothes with a leather spray to be extra safe! Especially as some of our thinner garments, such as our shirts, will crinkle and lose their softness if exposed to a lot of water. Or - wear a coat! Our SKIIM Paris coats and jackets are durable enough to withstand the weather, and patent leather is waterproof!"

Have you got any secret top tips for cleaning leather at home?

"Make sure that you use a cloth the same colour as the leather, or a white cloth, as you don't want the colour of the cloth to transfer to the leather"

Is there anything you should definitely not do to leather?

"Don't rub it! It will crack and be unfixable."
Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to how to clean your leather at home! 
Check out the Natalie Pant here, featured in the video!