Putting leather items in the washer is not an excellent option. We do not advise you to wash a leather belt in the washing machine. Washing leather belts in the washer is not only harmful to the leather but also the drum of the washer.
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What will happen to the belt when it is washed in the washing machine?
The natural oils of the leather will be removed and cause cracking. The detergent can also change the texture and color of the belt. Some people think that it is okay to wash the leather items in the washing machine, but we do not recommend it because it is not appropriate for leather in the future. You must avoid washing suede leather in the machine.
How can you wash a leather belt in a washing machine?
We prefer you to avoid machine washing, but still, if you want to wash in a washing machine, then you need to remove the buckle of the leather. Removing the buckle can help to avoid washer damage. Use cold water and mild detergent to wash the genuine leather belt. Set the machine to delicate wash. After washing, dry it naturally and reattach the buckle.
Clean leather belts with a damp cloth
Water is not appropriate for cleaning leather, so you should not soak a leather belt in water. If you want to get rid of marks and stains, follow the given method.
- Damp a cloth in lukewarm water, then wring it out. Rub the damp cloth on the belt to remove the stains.
- When you have done that, allow it to air dry.
- Apply a good conditioner to prevent damage.
A leather belt may give off a bad smell due to a lack of care. Sometimes, the smell will decrease with time, but there are several methods you can use to eliminate the smell. One of the simplest methods is the use of baking soda. You need to seal the belt with baking soda and leave it for 24 hours. Before doing this procedure, be sure that your leather is not delicate enough to be damaged by simple ingredients.
Is soap suitable to clean the leather belt?
Soaps are good to remove stains on leather but remember that harsh chemicals and soaps are not suitable for leather. They have bad effects on leather. Soaps can disturb the pH level and cause drying out that causes peeling and cracking of leather belts. But if it is required, you can use mild detergent and soapy flakes to remove stains, but do not use soap on leather frequently.
When you should clean the belt?
- When you notice stains, remove them as soon as possible to prevent permanent marks.
- When you see watermarks and sweat.
- When it gives off a bad smell.
- When it becomes tough, clean it and moisturize it.
Care and maintenance of leather belts
Belts can get stains and marks. You should clean them with a dry cloth regularly to avoid permanent damage. Apply a good moisturizer frequently to prevent cracking and peeling.