Cleaning Wool Felt
Due to its properties, wool is relatively carefree. However, if you need to clean your wool HejLöv products, we recommend that you begin by gently brushing away debris. Rubbing can damage the felt and may cause stains to settle deeper into the felt, so lövingly brush with a dry paper towel. If the stain remains, create a diluted solution of three parts water to one part detergent in a clean container. Using a clean paper towel gently blot the detergent into the stain. Press and release a few times. Next, use water and a clean, moist towel to blot the stain until clean. Please do not put any HejLöv products into the washing machine. Only clean by hand.
Like any natural fiber, a minimal approach should always be taken to clean wool felt since the cleaning method could potentially do more damage than the stain. The cleaning approach should be (1) dust with a lint roller, (2) vacuum with a clean, soft brush, (3) clean with water and mild detergent, (4) clean with chemical spot remover. Always test any cleaning method first in an inconspicuous area.
Wool has a low degree of dry soil pick-up compared with other fibers. However, to remove the accumulation of general airborne debris, wool felt may be cleaned with a standard masking tape lint roller. It is always a good idea to use the lint roller first in any area intended to be spot cleaned. Once per year, it is recommended that the entire surface is given a light vacuum with a clean, soft horsehair upholstery brush. In a clean office environment, it may not be necessary to do this annually. Please note that slight shedding of wool fibers is normal and not indicative of any defect. These loosened fibers are easily vacuumed away and will decrease over time.
If a wet spill should occur, blot up the liquid as soon as possible with a dry cloth to avoid absorption. Avoid aggressive rubbing as this can continue the felting process and change the surface appearance of the felt. For removal of minor stains, if the felt can be removed it is best to obtain the services of a professional dry cleaning company that is familiar with the special care of wool. If not possible, a mild enzyme-based detergent (such as Tide Free) is recommended. Create a dilute solution by adding three parts water to one part detergent in a clean container. Use a clean paper towel to gently blot the detergent into the stain. Press and release, press and release. Using a separate container of just clear water, use clean, moist paper towels to blot more water into the stain. Press and release, press and release. Finish by blotting firmly with clean, dry paper towels until the area is nearly dry.
There are many solvent-based spot removers available. Although they are not recommended except in the case of emergency, the best choices for wool felt are dry cleaning fluids. Be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first. Blot the stained area with a clean cloth soaked in dry cleaning fluid, then blot with a clean cloth until dry.
Right out of the box, you probably won’t need to do anything to our leather. However, as time goes on, the leather will change/evolve, which may or may not make you want to do something to it.
Dryness. Dry skin is unhappy skin. Same goes for leather. Over time, leather could get a bit dried out. So occasionally, you may want to restore some of that moisture to the leather. A great way to do that with leather cream. It is chock full of all natural waxes and oils that leather drinks up.
Water Drops. Vegetable tanned leather has some natural waxes and oils in it already, so there is some water resistance built in. If water comes in contact with the leather don't worry, simply blot dry with a clean cloth. If the water has dried and left a mark, slightly dampen a clean, soft cloth and wring it out well. Fade the mark by starting from inside the marked area, wipe outward, toward the edges of the surface in all directions. Do not scrub; just wipe gently.
Scratches. Again, leather cream works great way to repair scratches and minimize them.