Leather Care Newsletter Steven Ferry

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2021, Care of Leather Goods

Steven Ferry Care of Leather Goods, Part 12

by Steven Ferry


While leather is the outside of an animal’s hide, suede is the inside of the hide and thus porous, so one does not use any polishes on it. Instead, use a rubber/eraser or even fingernail file to rub down any oil or stain and try to reveal the fabric again.

To remove dust and dirt, you need to raise the nap/surface of the fabric, the direction of the fibers, either by applying steam from about 10 inches away or by using a suede copper wire brush or similar, moving in a direction against the nap;

Then spray with suede spray [photo] to clean and also waterproof/protect from stains; do this in the open air, as the spray is highly toxic;

Finish by brushing in the direction of the nap so the material returns to its normal look.

If the suede becomes overly wet, soak up any excess moisture with paper towels and then follow the same procedure as used for leather in order to dry gently.

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