Using myself as a guideline(The Critics Are Raving found under Thrift This) , leather is a must have for this spring. I have encouraged you all to go forth and find leather at your local or not so local thrift stores. Hopefully by this time you have found some nice leather pieces to add to your collection. Now. . . Lets make it last!
Instructions for Cleaning
Meltonian All Purpose Shoe Cleaner & Conditioner
Cleaning Your Piece:
1. Use a damp cloth and an all purpose cleaner ($4 - $8) to remove dirt and grim build up. Before using the product on the piece, test a small area first. Great testing areas are found on the inside of the item or the bottom edge of the piece.
2. For extreme cases, use Woolite Laundry Detergent to remove tough dirt and grim build up. Apply a small amount with a damp rag to the target area. Let it stand for a few minutes, then you can wipe off as usual.
3. You can use Mr. Clean's Eraser for the zipper, clasp, or any other metal found on the item.
4. Treating scratch marks on item: Shoe polish is great temporary fix. The trick with shoe polish is having a healthy balance of product. Too much may stain and/or stiffen the leather and too little will not hide the scratch.
**** All the stains may not be removed on the first attempt. Some stains may call for a repeat of the cleaning process. Allow the item to dry before cleaning the stained areas again.****
Storing your piece: The Two C's (Condition and Cotton)
Leather can dry up. Massage a delicate cream onto the leather. This will help to keep the leather soft and avoid those ugly flakes dry leather produces. As it conditions, the leather will change to a darker color but it will return back to its natural color as soon as it drys.
You may or may not know this, but leather has to breathe. That means AVOID the huge bins you place your purses in. Instead, place the item in a cotton bag. Since this is a thrifting website after all... I would advice buying some cotton pillow cases from the bedding section of the thrift store. Put the item in the pillow case and place on a shelf.