I can’t how many times one of my family members has asked for advice on how to treat/condition their leather. Ever since I started working at Pierotucci, I have been in a constant stage of learning about different methods of cleaning and conditioning the different types of leather we use. The Pierotucci factory firmly believes in educating all the employees on the types of leather we use, and the properties they possess. That being said, we would like to share what we have learned from Italian artisans to all of our followers!
There are many types of leathers in the world. We normally use Nappa lambskin for jacket and garment production. Our bags tend to be made out of a stronger leather called Vacchetta. Every now and then we also come in contact with suede. Below are some of our well known secrets!
Garment and Car leathers (Nappa lambskin): This is a very delicate leather, and therefore must be treated with the utmost care. Using standard leather car care products (most leather interiors are nappa) is fine, but make-up removal creams tend to be a lot gentler on the leather, preventing premature wear and tear. Garments, such as jackets and clothing, are even more delicate. Try rubbing the gentlest make-up remover onto a very small area, and wait till it dries. We ask you to do this to make sure the remover did not leave a stain of its own. If it didn’t, then proceed to clean the entire garment.
Bag and Briefcase leathers (Vacchetta): Bag leathers tend to be a lot less delicate as they are made from much sturdier types of leathers. We use mostly Vacchetta leather. Florentine Vacchetta leather is cowhide from cows that have been raised in controlled pastures in Tuscany. Therefore minimal scratches and scuffs can be easily repaired by rubbing them out with your fingers or a standard leather conditioner. Liquid normally will bead and wipe off easily.
Suede: The best conclusion I came to, after asking just about everyone that works in our factory, is that suede is best cleaned with a soft brush. So the next time you are about to throw out an old toothbrush, keep it and put it away for the future. We all are inclined to not buy suede do to its high maintenance nature, but wind up buying something suede during our lifetime. Old toothbrushes come in handy outside the military as well!
Shoe Leather: Naturally shoe leather can vary, so the treating and cleaning of them vary as well. It is hard to anticipate how to care for shoe leather stains, aside from using shoe polish. Please ask directly if you have a question regarding a specific type of stain.
Ink: Impossible! Naturally the sooner to treat an ink stain the better chance you have at removing it. Some sites suggest rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab. We do not recommend this. Ink is absorbed into the leather, so avoid this stain at all costs!
Coffee: Medium, coffee should wipe right off a leather like Vacchetta, but for suede we recommend you remove as much liquid by patting it out of the leather. Do Not Rub It! Use lukewarm water slightly soapy, then with a damp cloth to get the soap out, then pat dry with a dry cloth.
Oils: Hard, use absorbent powders like Talcum and Cornstarch. Cover the area of the stain completely with a thick layer of powder, and let sit for a while (hour or two). Gently blow the powder off. If some powder remains, leave it be. It means it is still absorbing the oil. Brush off lightly later.
I’m sure I have not begun to cover all the questions you all have concerning leather care. Every case is specific, so I would like to encourage you to post your questions on our blog’s comment area. I will take your questions to heart, and ask them directly to our artisans working in the factory. We all share the common love of leather, and so we would like to help you keep yours just as clean and new as the first day you bought it.