Troubleshooting 8If you don't know how to take care of it and leave it, it turns black!
From "Leather in Japan No. 4" published in 2011
Most stains on leather
washed away with water!
If you leave it without care, the dirt will accumulate and turn black.... Don't give up and think that you have no choice but to throw it away. According to Yasutomi, "In most cases, leather stains can be cleaned by washing with water.
People tend to think that wetting leather causes water stains. However, he says this is a big mistake. When leather is wetted with water, dirt floats to the surface. Therefore, it is true that if you wet a part of the leather, the floating dirt will collect in the creases and adhere to the leather, causing water spots. However, if the entire surface is wetted and the floating dirt is washed away, it will not become a stain. However, washing with water is not effective on leather that has been treated to prevent water from staining. Test the leather in an inconspicuous place to see if the water will stain the leather before you try it.
I have been using nubuck gloves for many years for my motorcycle. The owner says, "I don't know how to do it, and I have never taken care of them. The blackened stains not only look bad, but are also a concern from a hygiene standpoint.
Step 1: Remove the dirt
Apply leather shampoo to a cloth and scrub off the stains, especially the badly soiled parts. The key is to use the clean side of the cloth as much as possible. If the cloth gets a little dirty, rewrap it.
Step 2: Use fingernails for stubborn stains
Remove stubborn stains by scratching them with your fingernail. Since nubuck is a strong leather, there is no problem even if you rub it with a lot of force. Wash the nubuck leather as if you are trying to remove the dirt that has penetrated deep into the leather.
Step 3: Wash with water containing shampoo
Fill a tub with water and add shampoo. Put the glove in the tub and wash it, but this method is only for sturdy nubuck. For smooth leather such as nubuck, wipe with a wet cloth.
Step 4. rub and wash
Soak the glove in a tub and rub the glove. For heavily soiled areas, such as fingertips, rub the leather together to remove the dirt. Turn the glove over and wash the inside of the glove as well.
Step 5: Rinse the detergent with fresh water
Rinse the detergent in fresh water. Repeat soaking and wringing until the slime is removed. The photo on the left shows the detergent rinsed and wrung out. Shape the detergent and hang dry in the shade.
Step 6: Dry and check for stains
If there are still some stains after drying, repeat washing in water. The leather will shrink as it dries, but it will return to normal if you unwrap it in your hands. In this case, the color had faded, so a coloring agent was applied.
Step 7: Raise the bristles with a rubber brush
Since the hairs of nubuck lie down after washing, a rubber brush is used to brush the hairs. Brushing removes even more dirt. Use the corners of the brush to brush the nubuck to the corners.
Step 8. finishing with nutrients
Finally, spray a nourishing agent to replenish the oil that has been removed by rinsing. This will also waterproof the leather and make it more resistant to stains. For smooth leather, apply moisturizing cream instead.
Step 9: Finish!
The black stains are almost invisible. It is important to take care of leather frequently because it is difficult to remove stains once they have penetrated into the leather. In particular, gloves are in direct contact with the skin, so it is important to keep them clean.
Care goods that work on stains
1. Leather shampoo: M. Mowbray Suede & Nubuck Shampoo (1,575 yen).
2. Coloring agent to be used for color ase and color peeling. Wally Suede Color Fresh Liquid (¥1,050).
3. A special brush for suede and nubuck made of foamed natural rubber. Wally Splash Brush (735 yen).
4. Cotton cloth.
5. Nourishing spray as a substitute for moisturizing cream. It also has a waterproofing effect. Wally Suede Color Fresh Spray (¥1,575)