Although cleaning technologies for leather and suede are constantly improving, some changes will almost always result from the cleaning process. The following gives you an idea of what to expect.
Leather garments are made from skins taken from various portions of the animal and usually from several different animals. The manufacturer tries to match the skins as uniformly as possible, but even the best matching may still show some variance in texture, weight, and
color uniformity. These may be accentuated after cleaning.
Loss of color and oils. Be prepared for a slight variance in the depth of color after cleaning. Skins from various parts of the animal may have different colorfastness. During dry cleaning some of the oils used in the tanning process to keep leather supple may be lost.
Scar tissue and vein marks. Tanners often use fillers before dyeing to mask any scar tissue or imperfections on the leather. Cleaning may remove some of the fillers and cause the defects.
Wrinkles. Skins taken from certain parts of an animal are naturally wrinkled and have been stretched during manufacturing to achieve a smooth appearance. The agitation of cleaning can relax the leather, accentuating the wrinkles.
Texture and Shading Changes. Manufacturers sometimes combine a smoother skin with a coarser-textured skin. Cleaning may make this more apparent. Different textures also may vary in how they absorb the fat liquors and additives in the cleaning process, resulting in some areas being darker than others. It is a natural phenomenon beyond the control of the cleaner.
Shrinkage. Although some shrinkage is likely to occur over time as the skins relax, this may be accentuated in cleaning. As you wear your garment this snugness should dissipate. If the skins have been over stretched during manufacture, they may relax.
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