We’ve compiled this handy fact sheet to help you understand more about the cleaning methods for natural skins.

1. Leather and suede garments may contain as many as 8 animal skins. The skins are matched as best as possible during the manufacturing process, but changes may occur to individual skins during cleaning.

2. Dyes used during the tanning process of skins may not be colour fast, and some degree of colour loss or colour change is normal.

3. Natural defects in skins such as scars, bite marks or skin disorders may be covered up during the tanning process, but often become apparent following cleaning.

4. Certain types of stains are impossible to remove without the risk of damage to the skin. These include, but are not limited to; ink, milk, blood, egg, urine, vomit, deep soiling.

5. Most suede skins will fade when exposed to natural light. This may become more apparent after cleaning.

6. Over exposure to heat and/or moisture can cause some leather and suede items to become tender, stiff or brittle.

7. Cleaning will greatly improve the appearance of a soiled item, but cannot restore it to its original condition.

8. Many leather and suede items now contain glues and/or adhesives to aid manufacturing. These glues / adhesives are often not compatible with the necessary cleaning processes and staining may occur on the surface of the skin.

9. Following cleaning, it is very possible that leather and suede items may be subject to change of colour, texture and finish.

10. The above risks are greatly increased the more a leather or suede item is cleaned.

Please Note: We recommend the use of our consent forms for any items that are sent to us for treatment. These consent forms help manage expectations and highlight all possible risks associated with the cleaning and treatment of leather, suede, fur and specialist items. Click here to download a copy of our consent form.