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How to Clean Leather and Suede Jackets

This is an excellent video showing how to care for leather and suede jackets. Wayne Edelman educates Martha Stewart on the difference between painted leather and aniline and how to clean both. The difference?  Dye is impregnated inside of the leather to create aniline leather and painted leather is leather that is painted a certain color. A simple test to figure out if your leather is aniline or painted is to take a cotton swab with mineral spirits and rub it on a small area of your leather item. If paint comes off on the swab, your leather is painted. In cleaning the leather, Wayne’s trick is to simply use baby wipes to get the initial job done. See the video below for more.