How to Care for Lambskin Leather

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Lambskin leather is soft and supple to the touch. It is also a challenge when it comes to caring for it. Lambskin can be found in smooth and shearling varieties. Shearling is similar to suede and the smooth is fine grained and resembles a more traditional leather. Smooth lambskin very popular due to its very soft and pliable texture. The challenge is that lambskin is not very durable which makes caring for it a challenge. It can easily tear, scuff or scratch.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather Waterproofer
  • Leather Moisturizer
  • Leather Conditioner
  • Cornmeal or ground-up blackboard chalk
  • Suede Brush
  • Padded Hangar

Takes Steps to Protect Lambskin Leather

Waterproofing is an important step to take in protecting your lambskin leather. Use a high-quality one like ITA Protector or have it done professionally. See resource below.

Moisturize and polish. These are very important in lambskin leather maintenance. A high-quality leather oil will work to preserve and protect lambskin leather. You will want to test a small area first and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. Make sure it does not darken the product too much. If it does, reduce the amount use. Use a soft cloth to apply and follow the directions on the product carefully. Lexol is a recommended product. See resource below.

To remove stains, do not use liquid cleaners. These are harsh and can damage leather. They may affect the texture and matte the finish. Try rubbing cornmeal into the stain to absorb it. Then use a suede brush that has short, and fine-metal teeth to brush the leather stain out. Another option is ground up blackboard chalk. Sprinkle the powder on the stain and let set for one day before brushing off with suede brush.

Use natural products. For heavy grime, try Obenauf's leather oil or Jaguar leather cleaner. They are both natural, gentle and non-toxic. They make cost a little more but will help to extend the natural life of your lambskin leather. See resources below.

Store your lambskin leather in an airy, cool, dry place. You will also want the space to be dark as direct sunlight will dry and fade lambskin leather. Padded hangars will help to keep the leather product in shape. You can cover the leather with a cloth such as cotton -- something that breathes well. Plastic will dry the leather out over time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use high-quality, all natural products for best results. Use natural products. For heavy grime, try Obenauf's leather oil or Jaguar leather cleaner. They are both natural, gentle and non-toxic. They make cost a little more but will help to extend the natural life of your lambskin leather.
  • Do not use liquid cleaners on the leather. These are harsh and can damage leather. They may affect the texture and matte the finish.

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