Our Leather: It's not vinyl!
The quality, domestic leather we use is custom tanned for us to facilitate our tooling process. Our art medium, burning images into leather, requires a more natural, less coated surface. Here’s what you can expect as an intrinsic part of the ecolemamie look that makes each cover unique:
General Leather Care
The following tips are guides only. ecolemamie cannot guarantee their success.
Protect Your Cover From Color Fading
Try to avoid leaving your leather cover or accessory in direct sunlight, like the dashboard of your car when it's 150 degrees on the front seat and extracting your legs from the upolstery requires a trip to the burn center, on a towel at the beach under ozone layer free sunlight (no, we don't recommend sun screen for your cover) or under florescent or bright incandescent lights day after day. The color will fade and once faded there is little to nothing that can be done.
The blue/purple spectrum leather dyes are the most susceptible to fading.
We have a friend with the odd habit of rubbing his turqouise ring against the side of his nose to bring out the luster of the stone. Weird but wise! Small scuffs on your cover can be remedied the same way, though we don't want to discover You Tube videos of fans rubbing their covers against their noses! Here's the tip we recommend. For small scuffs or wear marks, simply rub your thumb or finger along the cleft between your nose and nostril for a bit of oil. With light pressure rub the spot on your cover in a circular motion. The scuff should darken and become less obvious.
Bick 4 Leather Lotion
"Feed" your cover once a year or so by applying a light even coating of 'Bick 4 Leather Lotion', a product we use in our shop every day to condition our covers before they’re shipped. Click Here to purchase this conditioner on our site. It’s also available in most shoe repair shops or online under the name Cadillac Boot & Shoe repair lotion.
Don’t drench your cover with conditioner. Biannual applications should be plenty. The application of any cream or oil will darken the color of leather slightly. Please! Never use gooey stuff like Mink Oil, Neats Foot Oil or oily dressings. Our golden rule: test a small spot, go slow.
Pen, Peanut Butter, Secret Sauce and Unmentionables
Don't panic! These types of spots can be remedied or partly nullified depending on the severity. First try simply rubbing it with your thumb or fingers. If slight, the natural oils in your hand will help soften or dilute a small mark. If you have a large pen mark or greasy food spots promise us you will never use paint thinner or other spot removing chemicals to remove them. Remember, drastic treatment will only make the problem worse by lightening the leather and making the spot even more obvious.
To tackle that big dollop of peanut butter and jelly, salad dressing, puppy slobber, buttered popcorn fingerprints, sticky sauce or "what's that smell? OMG the baby" you said you'd never let, whoops, drop on your cover, apply a damp cloth immediately to remove the offending substance. Let the wet spot dry.
If it’s a small spot try removing oil residue with the light touch of a clean eraser. Don't go wild or you’ll remove dye, leaving a light spot. For tough jobs, dampen a soft cotton cloth with plain warm water. Rub the spot, then the whole surface, so that the moisture is consistent. It will look mottled at first but should dry just fine. Apply a light coating of Bick 4 or Cadillac Leather Lotion. To the entire cover. The spot may still show but will be blended and less obvious.