a person would be in contact with the area of the skin more time
than any other place. This is where a person would be perspiring
on the leather. People have different chemical balances in their
body's and some have more of an acidic makeup. As seen with vinyl,
when one perspires consistently on one area, that area will become
discolored and hard. This is seen also with leather. Leather being
a more durable material it does take longer. The best way to counter
act this process is to clean the leather with a mild soap and
water on a weekly basis. It is also recommended that once every
three months condition the leather with a good quality leather
When cleaning, pay careful attention to creases and remove dust
and dirt in them.
Do not saturate leather with water or any other type of liquid.
Leather when saturated with water or other liquid will shrink
Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive surfaces to clean leather.
Automobile seating is a type of upholstery that has unique wear
characteristics. When one gets in and out of an automobile, one
part of the seat (the outside sections next to a door on the front
seats) will receive the major part of the wear. This is where
one will see welt cords split and material separate at the seams.
The only way to help with this problem is to keep the leather
conditioned (keeping the leather soft with oil or a hide food)
and trying not to rub the seat excessively when entering or exiting
The seat facing that gets the most consistent use (as in a drivers
seat in a automobile) and can develop a patina* (buffed) effect.
Without consistent, proper care using the correct cleaners and
conditioners, this can start to develop in just a few years of