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09-04-2013, 12:13 PM
Hi Roger,

Can you please suggest what product to use for generally cleaning the vachetta of this Louise Vuitton bag? Thank you in advance for your advice.

Roger Koh
09-05-2013, 10:18 AM
Thank you for the pictures.

General cleaning in this is particular situation may require Vachetta-2.8, thereafter follows with Hydrator-3.3 to check for surface tension so that Fatliquor-5.0 (fat, oil and water) will result in a pleasing appearance without blotchiness with softness. Protector-D will heal and seal surface scuff and abrasion and provides a surface that will resist soiling with breathability.

Picture #1 show some kind of penetrated dye stains and to remove it entirely may need the help of Prep-4.4 > Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0. This dye stain is to be removed first follows with the above general cleaning system.

A combination of products from the “Dye Removal Kit V5.ds” and “Browning Removal Kit V3” will save the duplication of similar products by just adding only the Vachetta-28 to the Kit V5.ds.

This Vachetta Leather Problem Solving Guide will help you identify your existing problems and the holistic steps to solve it.

Vachetta Leather Problem Solving Guide

Roger Koh
Leather Care Consultant

Products information from the on-line store for Kit V5.ds - http://www.leatherdoctor.com/servlet/the-Kit-%E2%80%93-Vachetta-Leathers/Categories
and Vachetta-2.8 - http://www.leatherdoctor.com/servlet/the-Cleaner-%E2%80%93-Vachetta-Browning-Treatment/Categories

Leather Doctor Kit V5.ds – Vachetta Leather Dye Remover Kit
Leather DoctorŽ Kit V5.ds, unfinished leather dye stain removal kit is an innovative dye remover system for blue jeans dye transfer stains from vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers. Since this naked vegetable-tanned leather is pH sensitive, easily marks, and rings, side effects have to be cautious. The entire section or panel has to be evenly treated to have an even appearance to avoid markings. Prep-4.4 is used with paper towel to both penetrate, lubricate and suspense the stain with simultaneous reverse absorption by the paper towel instead of remaining on the leather surface. Sticky residue is thereafter clean and rinse by using Clean-3.8 and follows with Rinse-3.0. Further removal of penetrated products is work up with Hydrator-3.3 until the leather structure is free of foreign residue. Fat and oil is replenished with Fatliquor-5.0 to rejuvenate the leather for softness and suppleness when dry. Protector-D imparts a rub resistant draggy-feel against friction rubs and shield against sticky soiling while prolonging the appearance of the leather longer. Note that the mentioned products suffix numbers denotes its pH value for a safer dye removing process to pH sensitive leather.

Leather Doctor Kit V3 – Vachetta Leather Browning Removal Kit
Leather DoctorŽ Kit V3, unfinished leather care system is design for corrective appearance of vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers from browning liquid stains. These alkaline pH sensitive leathers when neglected often suffer unsightly browning stain marks from a variety of liquid sources. Even apparent clean rain and tap water often leave a lightening spot with an outer ring. The pH 7 alone of water will often cause a rippling effect on the tannin that destabilize and causes it to moves. Browning correction is perform by using Vachetta-2.8, a pH 2.8 specialty leather cleaner that is particularly effective in emulsifying oily soiling, lightening suntan and water staining effect. A holistic system includes rejuvenating the leather structure for softness with Hydrator-3.3 to relax, follows with Fatliquor-5.0 to soften when dry and protecting with the healing properties of Protector-D thereafter. The lightening effect takes place when the leather dries. When leather is wet and dry again, it will often stiff up, as the fibers becomes stick closer together. Hydrator-3.3 helps separate and open up the inter-fibrillary spaces preconditioning for effective Fatliquor-5.0 replenishing to lubricate for leather flexing smoothness from cracking. Replenishing the leather structure with fat and oil after browning corrective cleaning besides the softening effect also prevents the ingress of liquid stains as a preventive measure. When leather is full of fat and oil, it makes the leather less absorbent. Fat and oil conditioning or rejuvenating with Fatliquor-5.0 mellows and enrich the appearance of the leather while most oil conditioners will simply darkens and dulls the appearance poorly. Protector-D enhances a rub resistant draggy-feel against friction rubs and is use routinely to conceal and fill scuffmarks. Body contact areas should be clean routinely with Clean-3.8 follows with Rinse-3.0, thereafter applied with non-stick protection and commence for another cycle of use. Darken and prolong body grease and sweat contacts will require a degreasing process with Degreaser-2.2 follows with Acidifier-2.0 in most cases. Preventive cleaning and protection to shield against sticky soiling, with the abilities to heal and conceal lightening scuff and abrasion marks keeps the leather appearance level high at all times rather than relying on corrective or salvage cleaning where the cleaning appearance deteriorates and diminishes with each cycle. Note that the mentioned products suffix numbers denotes its pH value in this holistic approach to removing vegetable, plant and water stains from vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers.