The cleaning of leathers, suede's and
furs is a very delicate one. It is very important you keep the information
given to you on your garments, as it explains how they should be taken care
of and cleaned. If you have lost this information it is a good idea to
contact the place where you got it from so they can provide you with the
details before you get it cleaned.
When you bring in your garments, we
will inspect it with you, and find any stains and material flaws on them,
and provide you with the appropriate information. Certain stains are more
difficult to remove then others, and it is important that you tell us what
the stains might be so there is a better chance of stain removal.
Before the cleaning leather, suede and
fur products, you will need to sign a form, giving us permission to clean
the product and that you understand all the precautions pertaining to the
cleaning of the items.
Colour loss is likely to occur in the
cleaning of these products, how much colour loss depends on the actual
materials itself and how badly soiled the item is.
Every care and precaution is given to
the items, so ensure you get the best possible service.
Information on Glue Stains
and Texture Change on Leather (Especially Pig Skin)
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What Is The Problem/s?
- Dark areas that can appear after the
cleaning, normally at double thick areas.
- A drastic change can occur in the
surface texture on different skins used on the same garment.
What Does It Look Like?
- Very dark objectionable areas can
appear along the double seams.
- Textures of skins may no longer
match; one skin may be smoother on the surface than another skin next to it.
What Caused It?
- Adhesives used to glue some parts of
the leather together were not completely resistant to the dry cleaning
solvent (As glues can melt in the dry cleaning process).
- The area on the actual animal from
which the skin was used often determines the texture. Some areas might be
much less compact and possibly have rougher surface fibrils.
How Can It Be Prevented?
- Glue stains can be avoided if the
manufacturer uses an adhesive that is more resistant to dry cleaning
- Objectionable texture changes can be
prevented by a better selection of skins that match when making the garment.
Who Is Responsible?
-The manufacturer is responsible for
using the types of glues and adhesives.
- The person who selected and matched
the skins during the construction of the garment is responsible for the
objectionable texture change.
Pigskin Information - Pigskin
suede is normally a stiffer and heavier skin with a very short nap and it
also has pores in the skin. Pigskin is strong and durable, a hard wearing
skin. It can become heavily soiled and it might not readily give up the
soiling. The chances of the suede getting completely stain free are
unfortunately the lowest of the suede skins.
Puckering Seams Information -
The puckering of the seams is usually considering an indication of the
shrinkage in the garment. However this condition can be linked to shrinkage
of the threads or incorrect thread tension during the sewing. Some puckering
might be seen before the garment has been dry cleaned or laundered but the
actual agitation of the care process will usually aggravate the condition.
Careful finishing processes can sometimes make the puckering easier.