A leather or suede garment is a major investment, so it is important to choose it carefully and care for it wisely. In selecting a leather garment:
- Buy from a reputable retailer.
- Look for careful matching of colors and textures between portions of the garment. Suede will never be completely uniform, but that is part of its desirability.
- Avoid a snug fit. Hides are stretched during tanning and some relaxation shrinkage can be expected in use and cleaning.
- Read and save any accompanying care information.
Proper care of leather and suede begins at home. To get the maximum life from your garment:
- Wear a scarf to protect the collar area from perspiration and body oils.
- If the garment gets wet, let it air-dry away from heat.
- Store in a cool, ventilated area. Leather can dry out if exposed to dry heat or mildew if stored in a hot, humid environment. Try not to store leather in a plastic bag for long periods of time.
When you bring your leather garment into Santoro’s for cleaning, it is helpful if you can point out any stains, since stains that are old and set cannot always be removed safely. Have all matching pieces cleaned at the same time.