3 Leather Damage Types You Should Know  - Elite Cleaners Wichita
3 Leather Damage Types You Should Know 

3 Leather Damage Types You Should Know 

Leather is a highly desirable material incorporated into textiles, bags, and furniture, to name a few. The versatile and elegant material allows for decades of use as long as you provide it with optimal care. But did you know that there are several leather damage types you need to watch for?

At Elite Cleaners, we’ve spent over 30 years providing leather cleaning in Wichita, KS, and the surrounding areas. Below, our specialized team unpacks what you need to know about this durable yet sensitive material if you want it to last a lifetime. 

#1 Fading and Discoloration

Leather comes in hundreds of different tones, from classic black to softer browns and whites. After spending some time deciding on your color choice, the last thing you want is to see it degrade. 

Unfortunately, just as for skin, UV rays damage treated leather by drawing moisture from the porous material and causing it to fade. It also absorbs dirt and harsh chemicals that you may spill on it or pick up during your outings, which breaks down the finish and discolors the material.

As a Drycleaning & Laundry Institute member, Elite Cleaners sees this type of leather damage fairly often. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution: store your leather in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, such as in a windowless closet. With frequent wear, you should also consider regular cleanings and wiping your leather items down with a gentle UV protectant.

#2 Cracking and Tearing

As UV rays and high heat dehydrate leather, the natural oils tend to evaporate and make it brittle. Cracking ensues, leaving irreversible lines and wrinkles behind. While a few minor imperfections are inevitable after years of use, keeping your leather garments away from vents, hair dryers, and laundry dryers helps reduce these signs of aging.

However, ignoring cracks will lead to other leather damage types, like tears. That’s because the material weakens and succumbs to sharp objects, from belts to your pet’s claws. Once the leather weakens, these items can easily scratch or go through it.

Keeping abrasive items away from your accessory is a start. However, if the damage has already happened, you’ll need to consider leather repair services.

#3 Mold

Some leather damage also occurs due to water damage. If you wear your piece out in the rain or spill things on it, the porous material will soak up that moisture and could allow fungal growth. If mold and mildew take hold, they will spread and degrade the material.

Has your piece accidentally come into contact with water? Immediately wipe it with a cloth and leave it to dry naturally. Avoid placing it on radiators, near vents, or near heat-generating appliances, as these will dry and crack the leather. 

More From Wichita’s Finest!

At Elite Cleaners, we carefully hand-finish leather, suede, and other gorgeous materials to return your items to you better than you left them. We offer dry cleaning, preservation, and restoration on top of traditional washing and pressing, making us your one-stop shop. 

Learn more about leather damage types at (316) 651-5997 or take advantage of our free pickup and delivery services!

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“Perfect name for this business and they have earned the “Elite” moniker in my book. They not only pick up your sack (that they provide) of dirty clothes and deliver your perfectly pressed clothes in two days, but they do it at a price better than most of their competitors! Oh, and they’ll do linens, curtains, and smoke damaged fabric too! Kudos to the team at Elite, you should be proud.”

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We are a company that prides itself on operating with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. We will take care to ensure that your laundry is as clean as it can be. We also have the friendliest and most helpful staff in Wichita, KS.

Our customers are our number one priority, and we treat them as such. Our services are also consistent: we will have your clothes ready on schedule each time.

If you think that this high level of service comes with a high price tag, think again. At Elite Cleaners, we offer affordable prices for our wash & fold services—as well as all our other laundry and dry cleaning services.

If you are looking for an affordable, reliable laundry solution in Wichita, KS, give us a call at 316-651-5997. We are conveniently located on E 13th Street in Wichita and we will be glad to help you with all your laundry needs. Once you have used our convenient wash & fold services, you will wonder how you ever got by without them.

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