WASHING AND IRONING YOUR LUX LEATHER
Our leather is so awesome you can wash and iron most of it with care. Which comes as a surprise to many people, here's what you need to know ....
Using a silk organza pressing cloth to iron the leather - notice the steam is OFF. Never use steam on leather.
We've noticed that even following these instructions the leather will not be quite as soft at first after washing, it dries slightly stiff but soon regains it's flexibility once it's against your body and warmed up. There is no need to feed the leather, your body oils will do that for you.
This bit is really important - White items should not be washed with coloured articles. In fact white items shouldn't go anywhere near coloured leather. At all. Ever. Period. White leather has similar properties to blotting paper, it will soak up dye from any colour and anything near it. So now we know about the quirkiness of white, let's talk about the rest:
Hand Wash - For best results -
The colour fastness of leather is highly dependent on shade - each colour responds differently. We have found that even with following the instructions, there will be a little loss of colour. Nothing really noticeable but you may see some dye in the rinsing water.
Yes! You can iron leather - it's a bit like using hair straighteners on your hair, makes it all flat, kink free and shiny. Here's the one tip you need
Our silk organza pressing cloth is see-through for easy alignment, smooth so that the iron doesn't catch on the leather and helps to protect the leather from shine and pressure point marks etc. You could use a silk scarf, but having a see-through pressing cloth makes life so much easier.
To iron the leather make sure you use a NON-STEAM iron - we don't want a single drop of steam to get onto our lovely leather. Steam makes leather shrink and go hard a bit like metal - and you don't want metal pants when you were expecting glove leather. So we keep a separate run of the mill, bog standard iron that we never put water into in the first place for all our ironing - part of the tailoring process here at the Lux studio.
Heat the iron up to high and then start pressing through the cloth, keeping moving like you would anything else, so you don't scorch or burn the leather underneath.
And that's it! Job done! Give yourself a High Five for being brilliant!
Leather Corsets are DRY CLEAN ONLY because of the metal boning. Lambskin, Calfskin and Python are DRY CLEAN ONLY because of the finish.
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To find your regular glove size, take the measurement around your palm, glove sizing is still done in inches, so you'll need to convert if necessary - 2.54cm = 1 inch.
Our gloves are on the tight side, so you may want to round up or down according to how you like them to fit, a good regular fit by sizing up, a super tight fit by sizing down.