During a time of change & being more aware of our surroundings, it’s more important now more than ever that we know how to disinfect personal belongings.
This post will share 4 ways to disinfect leather items. Whether it’s the leather jacket you’ve had forever, combat boots or one of our new Badami leather face-mask 2.0, Here are some ways to stay safer & cleaner.
1. DISH SOAP & WATER
Pour 10-15 fl oz lukewarm water into a small bowl.
Add 2 teaspoons of dish soap into the water & stir.
Dampen a cloth & wipe the surface thoroughly but gently.
Now dip the cloth into clean water & wipe again.
Dry with another cloth.
2. DISINFECTANT WIPES
Another solution is to use some bleach-free disinfecting wipes, such as Clorox or Lysol products. These usually kill up to 99.9% of bacteria & viruses, including Influenza A Virus, Human Coronavirus, Staphylococcus Aureus, MRSA, & E. Coli. In most cases, their effectiveness is more than enough to prevent infections.
Keep in mind that if you want to disinfect (kill the germs), it’s surface should remain wet for a few minutes.
It’s important to note that you should not use any disinfecting wipe containing bleach or a substantial amount of alcohol to clean your leather because that may lead to permanent damage or discoloration over time.
3. DISINFECTANT SPRAY
Unfortunately, for genuine leather, it’s not recommended to use any spray that contains a high proportion of alcohol. So always read the label before use.
Depending on the active ingredient, the surface you want to disinfect should remain wet for several minutes to kill all the harmful viruses & bacteria. Read the instructions on the label.
If you use any product that contains alcohol on leather, it’s often a good idea to also use some leather conditioner afterward to moisturize the material for longer life.
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4. RUBBING ALCOHOL & HAND SANITIZING GELS
Rubbing alcohol is a highly effective & widely used disinfecting agent that kills most types of pathogens in a short time. The same is true for hand sanitizing gels containing alcohol as an active ingredient.
Usually, it is recommended to use a solution that contains at least 60% alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol) for disinfecting purposes, however, many studies suggest using products with 70% alcohol.
The problem is, leather is pretty sensitive to alcohol. Sometimes it can cause discoloration over time. If you want to use alcohol, I recommend testing it on a small spot first.
Info from www.dailyhomesafety.com