Cleaning and maintenance of leather belts

Belts are usually made of thick, durable cowhide and are rarely cleaned or maintained. But they might become dirty and valuable belts last longer with a conservative treatment.

Soil on pigmented leather (make a water rubbing test - a wiped on drop of water doesn`t sink into the leather) can easily be cleaned with COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner. In case of irremovable stains, please contact us and send us photos of the problem.

To maintain valuable leather we recommend a care treatment with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver. First wipe the COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver in a soft cloth and then treat the leather sparingly.

We offer the recommended products in a set of 30 ml COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner and 15 ml COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver, which is sufficient for a belt.

Sometimes leather belts cause discolouration because of unfixed dyes in leather. Such leather should be wiped several times with LEDER FEIN Leather Fixative. Protect the smooth side of the leather several times with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield. Use a hair dryer to dry each application. But strong-marking belts are thereby not retrievable. These should be claimed.

Recommended products

Aniline Cream
Aniline Cream offers intensive protection for all fine-pore, matt and sensitive top-grain leathers. To check if your leather is aniline, simply put a small drop of water onto the surface. If it soaks in and darkens the surface, then you will need to protect it against dirt and stains.Amount: 250 ml (sufficient for a complete set of furniture), 1 litreApplication areas: Furniture Leather, Leather ClothingFor: Aniline leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leatherUsed regularly, COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream provides a strong barrier against all types of stains and soiling. This treatment is best applied at an early stage as a preventative measure as stains that have already been absorbed into the leather are hard to remove without professional help.Typical areas of application: All kinds of fine-pore, matt, porous top-grain leather furniture The Volkswagen Touareg aniline leather All porous garment leather (top-grain leather) Porous top-grain calf shoe leather For glossy aniline leather, use COLOURLOCK Gloss Cream. Coarse-pore or very sensitive aniline leather should be treated with COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for nubuck and textile. Read more about aniline leather here. The Aniline Cream should only be applied to clean leather! Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.  Application Wet a soft, lint-free cloth slightly with the Aniline Cream and apply evenly in a circular motion, from seam to seam, on the leather's surface. Wait about ten minutes and repeat application. New aniline leather should be treated at least three times in order to prevent stains and discolouration. When finished, warm the surface slightly with a hair dryer. This improves the protective effect. Strained surfaces should be treated at least every three months. Clean the leather carefully with COLOURLOCK Aniline Cleaner before each treatment. This is a gentle cleaner but not suitable for nubuck or suede. Slightly moisten a soft, lint-free piece of cloth with the Cleaner and clean in a circular motion from seam to seam - never apply directly on the leather! Soak up moisture and dirt immediately with a suitable cloth. Avoid too much pressure while rubbing. Test on a hidden area first. Please note that drawn-in stains cannot be removed using the Aniline Cleaner (see pictures). In these cases, please ask us for advice.

Content: 250 ml (US$10.56* / 100 ml)

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Gloss Cream
Gloss Cream is a care and stain protection product suitable for open-pored, fine-grained, glossy smooth leathers which have a light base protection and do not immediately absorb a drop of liquid. Leathers suitable for the product are found in the furniture sector and in bags or clothing. For safety, always test all care products first in a concealed area for changes. Aniline leathers are open-pored smooth leathers. Such leathers are wonderfully warm and natural, but more sensitive than surface-dyed smooth leathers. Not all aniline leathers are the same. Some leathers have a fine grain and are pre-treated, other leathers are more coarse-pored and absorb any liquid immediately. The gloss cream is suitable only for the fine-pored and glossy aniline leathers which do not absorb a drop of water immediately. Appropriate care is especially important for open-pored leathers in order to make the leather somewhat less sensitive so it can be cleaned more easily. However, the most important protection always remains a careful handling of the natural product, leather. Because of the sensitivity of open-pored leathers, all products must always be tested first in a concealed area! APPLICATION Due to the sensitivity of open-pored leather, all products must always be tested for changes in a concealed area first! Never apply the products directly to the leather, but always rub the cleaner onto a sponge or cloth and the care product into a soft cloth first. Always apply the products in a circular motion from seam to seam to avoid stains or streaks. Gloss Cream For everyday care, we recommend Gloss Cream which is an effective stain protector, increases the gloss level and keeps the leather supple. Gloss Cream should only be applied to clean leather. For soiled leather we recommend Aniline Cleaner. First check the application on a concealed area! Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with the product and apply it to the leather surface evenly from seam to seam in a circular motion. Allow to soak in briefly (10 min.) and repeat if necessary. New aniline leather should be treated several times in areas heavy use during initial treatment to prevent stains and discoloration. After application, heat the surface slightly with a hair dryer. This increases the protective effect. The desired gloss is only achieved by re-polishing the dried surface. Heavily used areas should be re-treated every three months. For less stressed areas, intervals of 6 to 12 months are sufficient. 75 ml of Gloss Cream is recommended for bags. 250 ml of Gloss Cream is sufficient for an armchair or a set of furniture. For larger leather upholstery surfaces, we also carry the product in liters. The products have a shelf life of several years if stored at room temperature, frost-free and not too warm.

Content: 250 ml (US$10.56* / 100 ml)

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US$26.40*
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Leather Cleaner with sponge
Ideal for cleaning leather car and furniture upholstery, bags, suitcases or garments.The Leather Cleaner is provided in a foam dispenser bottle. Foams clean the leather more efficiently than liquid agents, the consumption is considerably smaller, and the leather does not become wet, which could otherwise become hard after drying.Firstly, clean the leather thoroughly before refreshing the colour or applying care products. Use COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner against normal soiling. Cleaning before treatment prevents the dirt sticking to the leather's surface. Our COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush effectively removes ingrained dirt (use circular motions and work from seam to seam). After cleaning, it is always best to apply a care product to protect it against general wear and future staining.Amount: 200 ml Mild Leather Cleaner. This is usually sufficient for the cleaning of a whole car interior or set of furniture.Amount: 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Pigmented leather, PU leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leather ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Dispense some foam on a sponge or brush. Do not apply to the leather directly! Clean the leather from seam to seam using the foam; repeat several times, if necessary. Remove dirty foam residue with a slightly moistened piece of cloth, then allow to dry.On older leathers, stains might sink into the surface, or perceived dirt might actually be colour damage. Such stains cannot always be removed by cleaning, in which case, use COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh for refreshing the colour, or ask us for advice.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"!
Cleaner mild or strong
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US$25.20*
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Leather Protector
To maintain the surface, we recommend our Leather Protector. It contains antioxidants, which stops the leather's decay, and its UV filters protect the surfaces from colour fading and will make them supple once more.Amount: 150 ml. This is usually sufficient for the one-time treatment (minimum) of a complete car interior or a set of furniture.; 1litreApplication: Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour!Use COLOURLOCK Leather Protector when the leather has dried completely from cleaning or colour refreshment, ideally on the following day. Apply with a soft cloth and let dry without polishing. One application is sufficient. Strained surfaces (heavy use or in sunlit areas) should be treated every three months. Clean before use to prevent dirt sticking to the surface.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"!
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Content: 150 ml (US$14.00* / 100 ml)

US$21.00*
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Waterproofing Leather & Textile
The Waterproofing Spray is a gentle anti-stain protection for sensitive nubuck and suede leather as well as textiles. Available in 200 ml and 500 ml cans. Areas of application: Garments, shoes, cushions, bags, saddles, tents etc.ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Spray on a clean and dry surface horizontally, from a distance of approx. 40 cm, thinly and evenly. Allow to dry. For heavily strained surfaces repeat as necessary. It should also be reapplied after cleaning. Apply according to instructions and warnings on the label.Important: The waterproofing will not make absorbent leather fully water-resistant. It increases protection, but the surfaces nevertheless have to be treated gently.
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Content: 200 ml (US$6.60* / 100 ml)

US$13.20*
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Leather Shield
Application area: New smooth leather, pigmented or surface-coloured leather in cars, furniture, jackets and handbags. Do not use on porous leathers, suede, or nubuck. Application Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Moisten a terry cloth slightly with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield, lightly wipe the moistend cloth over the leather and let dry. Do not buff or polish immediately after application. One application is sufficient. Repeat every three months on strained surfaces or heavily used areas. Prior to application, clean off any dirt with COLOURLOCK Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"!
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Content: 150 ml (US$14.00* / 100 ml)

US$21.00*
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Leather and Fur Wash Concentrate
Before washing please note: Heavily soiled garments or greasy collars, cuffs etc. should be pre-soaked in luke-warm water and the problem areas pre-treated with the Wash Concentrate and a soft brush. With leather garments of more than one color, or those made from a mixture of leather and textile, or with a light colored lining, some color-bleeding can occur. In such cases always soak in LEDER FEIN® Leather Fixative before washing. Never wash two different garments together. Always wash the two or three parts of a dress or trouser suit, together. Fading and scuff marks may be hidden by the soiling and can become visible after cleaning. On some leather types the dyes have not been fixed to the fibre. Others are coated with oils or waxes. Such garments will be clean after washing but will have a changed surface or appearance. Loose buttons or too loosely sewn decorative applications must be removed or secured before washing. Sheepskins with a white underside: Always cut off a small piece and use it for a test. If it becomes hard, it means the garment has been subject to a kind of tanning that is washed out in water. In which case, do not wash. Leather Fixative Pre-treatment LEDER FEIN® Leather Fixative is used to fix colors on leather garments during washing. It can also be used for the removal of water stains on natural and aniline leather. For leather-textile mixtures, multi-colored garments, single-colored garments in black, red, blue, bordeaux and green: Always pre-soak in a basin with Leather Fixative! Effect: Fixes tanning agents, colors, and lipids inside the leather. Prevents the colors from washing out. Use preferably prior to washing.  Soak in a basin or bathtub, not in the washing machine. Add half a bottle to approx. 10 litres hand hot water, max. 30 °C until covered. Motorcycle suits: use a full bottle. Soak the garment thoroughly for approx. 60 minutes, moving occasionally. Put it into the washing machine, without rinsing. Careful: The product contains natural volatile acids. Avoid skin contact, use rubber gloves. Wash off skin or eyes with generous amounts of water. Keep away from children.  Leather & Fur Washing Concentrate Hand Wash Instructions Suitable for hand-washing all suede and nappa leathers, including jackets, coats, shirts, trousers, motorcycle suits and gloves. Depending on the garment size use ⅓ – ½ bottle + approx. 12 litres of warm water. Cover the garment. Keep the temperature below 35°C (95°F). For a complete motorcycle suit or large coat, use 1 bottle and enough water to cover. Soak for about 30 minutes and wash by hand. Treat heavy soiling with a soft brush. When clean, remove and rinse once in clean warm water. Surface Cleaning: using a thin concentrate 1:50, wipe the surface or use a brush.  Leather & Fur Washing Concentrate Machine Wash Only use the delicates or wool program and do not exceed 35°C (95°F). Suitable for all suede and grain leather, such as jackets, coats, shirts, trousers, folklore costumes, motorcycle clothing and gloves. Also ideal for leather/textile-combinations. Depending on garment size add ⅓ – ½ bottle to the machine. Motorcycle suits or large coats will need one whole bottle. Heavy soiling: soak for 1 hour and pre-treat with a soft brush dipped in concentrate. Wash with the delicates or wool program at no more than 35°C (95°F). At the end of the wash-cycle, only spin for about 30 seconds. Remove the wet garment, shake and stretch out the folds. Hang or lay the wet garment on a towel at room temperature away from sun or heat. This can sometimes take several days, depending on the leather…but it’s worth it. Important: Never dry in a drier or with heat! After drying, the leather fibres will be stuck together. Pull and stretch the garment into shape in all directions and, if needed, cold tumble dry (inside out), for about 15 - 30 minutes. Do not use heat. Nubuck and suede should be brushed with a soft brush.   The Care of Leather Garments Coated Top-Grain Leather Many top-grain leathers (such as motorcycle leather) have pigmented protective coatings to make them waterproof and more resistant to fading and staining. These leathers are easy to recognize, as rubbed-on moisture will not sink in and darken the leather. Care instructions: Scuffs and wear can be easily repaired with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh in the correct tone. Top-Grain leather clothing should be protected and nourished by wiping with LEDER FEIN® Leather Care & Waterproofing Oil at least twice a year. This prevents cracking, shrinkage and stains.  Open Pored Top Grain Leather (napa, aniline) These are leathers which are dyed throughout but, in order to maintain their look and feel, their surfaces have not been coated. A little pressure or rubbing with moisture will darken these. Care instructions: Regular treatment with COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream (every 2-3 months) will prevent water or fat stains. Older aniline leathers can be revitalized by regular treatment with our COLOURLOCK Aniline Protector. This adds softening oils, anti-oxidants, UV-filters and intensifies the dyes. For heavy fading consult a leather professional.  Suedes and Nubucks These are leathers with a velour (slightly furry) surface. Typical are pig, goat, cow-hide, nubuck or suede, deerskin, elk and lamb. Care instructions: treat at least 1-2 times per year with our COLOURLOCK Aniline Protector, an aerosol designed to protect against fading and dryness. It is also ideal for re-conditioning suedes and nubucks after washing. It restores the freshness of the color. Heavy fading of all kinds of leather can only be restored by a professional. Do not forget to waterproof the open surface of such leathers with LEDER FEIN® Leather Waterproofing Pump Spray. To remove light soiling, brush with our soft Leather Brush or use the Nubuck Eraser.
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Content: 250 ml (US$11.04* / 100 ml)

US$27.60*
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Elephant Leather Preserver 125 ml
Ideal for the care of leather which is exposed to the weather, or for conserving extremely dry or antique leather.Designed for treating genuine "Pull Up" furniture leather (oiled leather). Do not use on Bycast or polyurethane-coated (PU) leather.ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Rub some preserver onto a clean, soft piece of cloth and apply to the leather. If required, use the cloth to give a final polish. The fat is difficult to use when it’s cold, so be sure to work at room temperature or warm it slightly with a hair dryer.COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver protects and waterproofs all types of nappa leather.

Content: 125 ml (US$16.80* / 100 ml)

US$21.00*
Leather Fixative 100 ml
Leather Fixative is used to fix colours on leather garments during washing. It can also be used for the removal of water stains on natural and aniline leather.Amount: 100 ml; 1 litre For leather-textile mixtures, multi-coloured garments, single-coloured garments in black, red, blue, bordeaux and green: Always pre-soak in a bath with Leather Fixative! Effect: Fixes tanning agents, colours and lipids inside the leather. Prevents the colours from washing out. Use preferably prior to washing.  Use in the bath, not in the washing machine. Add half a bottle to approx. 10 litres hand hot water, max. 30 °C until covered. Motorcycle suits: use a full bottle Soak the garment thoroughly for approx. 60 minutes, moving occasionally. Put it into the washing machine,without rinsing. Careful: The product contains natural volatile acids. Avoid skin contact, use rubber gloves. Wash off skin or eyes with generous amounts of water. Keep away from children.
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US$12.00*
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