What Is The Best Way To Clean Leather, Suede, And Microfiber?

Leather, suede, and microfiber are all elegant and beautiful materials, so it is no surprise that they are found on every luxury yacht. However, the question that often comes up is: what is the best way to clean those fabrics without damaging them?

Mega Yacht Cleaning, with over 15 years of fine garment and fabric care, offers this quick guide to cleaning leather, suede and microfiber aboard your yacht or boat.

Leather Cleaning Techniques That Both Clean And Preserve

Leather is notorious for being easy to damage if cleaned improperly, which is why professionals are often called in to do the job. Here are some tips for safely cleaning leather:

  1. Identify the type of leather by the tag, calling the manufacturer, or utilizing a professional cleaner.
  2. Vacuum leather furniture with a soft brush attachment.
  3. Mix a few drops of liquid soap with a quart of distilled water.
  4. Dip a rag into the solution and wipe the furniture one section at a time.
  5. Using a separate rag, dip it into clean distilled water, wring the rag out, and wipe up the soapy water.
  6. Use a third rag to dry off the furniture.
  7. Finally, use a fourth rag to buff the surface. You can also use a leather protector or conditioner according to the bottle’s directions.

While it seems like a lot of work, the above technique will clean leather and preserve its luster. If the leather is badly stained, it is advisable to call a professional.

Tackling Suede And Microfiber Cleaning

The best way to handle suede and microfiber cleaning is to utilize a professional cleaner. Microfiber can be forgiving, but suede is even worse than leather for being susceptible to damage if cleaned improperly. Here’s how to get started cleaning suede and microfiber.

  1. Rub the fabric with a clean bath towel to bring up the nap.
  2. For small, dry stains, use a clean pencil eraser. Blot up wet stains with a paper towel.
  3. Try gently rubbing out stains with a damp towel and some white vinegar; the vinegar smell will not last long.
  4. Small lumps of solid material can be gentle rasped off with your fingernail.
  5. For suede, brush gently with a wire suede brush.
  6. A degreaser leather cleaner made especially for suede can be used for grease or oil based stains.

Mega Yacht Cleaning provides a full range of services for yacht owners, including everything necessary for leather, suede, and microfiber cleaning and care. Call Mega Yacht Cleaning today at 954-448-8899 and find out how we can help your yacht look brand new for as long as you own it.

Avi Dvir

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