Product Type: Wheelers Household Cleaning
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Wheelers Beeswax Leather Cleaning Spray
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Wheelers Beeswax Leather Cleaning Spray
Advantages: cleans well, removes ground in dirt
Disadvantages: doesn't bring out the shine some other cleaners do
Leather is notoriously difficult to clean, which proves a bit of a problem in our house where we have a set of leather chairs and an adult with dementia who seems to make it his job to make a mess where there isn't one!
We did get a set of specialist leather cleaning wipes with the chairs but they got used up fairly quickly and proved very expensive to replace so, when we found a 300ml bottle of leather cleaning spray for just £2.99 we weren't going to say no!
As already stated this is a leather cleaning spray, it is made by a company called Wheelers who claim to have been "caring for leather since 1983". The spray itself contains no harmful chemicals and so won't damage your leather even with continued use. Instead, it cleans using natural plant extracts such as cotton and lemongrass, it also contains beeswax.
The spray claims to "clean, refresh and rejuvenate all kinds of leather", although this isn't quite true. The spray should not be used on Aniline leather. This is due to the finish of this kind of leather and separate cleaning instructions from the manufacturer should be followed.
The spray has a safety lock that has absolutely no instructions for it's use and so completely threw me to start with. Underneath the trigger there is a white bit of plastic, when this faces forward the trigger is locked and so can't be pressed down. However once you eventually work out why the spray doesn't work(!) then this plastic is easy to turn both before use to unlock the spray and after, allowing the trigger to be re-locked preventing wastage or accidents if children do happen to get their hands on this.
The directions say to spray sparingly, work into the leather and wait two minutes before finally wiping with a soft, clean cloth. I'll admit to having a tendency to overuse products like this and so I definitely used more then just 'sparingly' but then more often then not I'm trying to remove dirt and grime that have marked the leather and so more is definitely better then less - that's my reasoning anyway!
When first sprayed the cleaning product goes on clear but does produce a little bit of foam, this then works into the leather and is absorbed well with minimum effort. As directed I always leave this 2-3 minutes, you can tell when it's finished working as the leather always appears slightly damp until it's been completely absorbed. It doesn't feel damp to the touch and so there's no worries about it damaging the leather it just has that 'wet shine' effect. Once this has gone the leather still appears clean and with a slight shine. Although the directions say to wipe over with a clean cloth I only did this the first time and it made little to no difference to the finish and working the spray into the leather always removed all dirt and grime anyway so I stopped giving it the final wipe as it seemed to be pointless.
Although this hasn't managed to bring up the shine to the leather that the wipes I was using previously managed to do, I guess that's why the wipes were so much more expensive. Also Wheelers recommend finishing your cleaning with their leather balm and so maybe if you wanted the extra shine, this would be the product to bring it out for you.
I've been using this product now for around 6 months and it's had almost daily use, I have noticed no difference to or fading of the dye on the chairs and it definitely hasn't damaged the leather in any way.
As this contains beeswax it is unsuitable for vegans although then I guess vegans wouldn't have leather products anyway!
It is suitable on all kinds of leather (except the Aniline as stated above) but can be used on chairs, handbags, coats and all other kinds of leather. You should avoid contact with upholstery and fabrics and do a patch test on a discreet area before using across the rest of your item as some leather dyes are non-permanent.
This product has also been recommended by Aggie MacKenzie for those of you interested in her!
Availability, Pricing And Recommendation
I bought my bottle from Dunelm, as I've already said this cost me £2.99 for a 300ml bottle. According to their website (www.beewaxed.com) their products are also available from Homebase, John Lewis, countrywide, Jempson's, Ocado, Rainbow wholefoods, WWF (who knew the WWF had a shop?), Decco, Provider Cash and Carry, The Health Store and Sher Bros.
Now I'll be honest and say I haven't seen this in any of those stores but then I haven't been looking for it especially either so it's definitely worth looking. As far as recommendation goes, I'm going to try and pick out the balm in order to try and bring out the shine a bit more but it does the job it's designed to do - cleans and removing dirt and grime, and it does it well with minimum effort from me and therefore I'm happy to give it the full 5 out of 5 stars.
Summary: a great product well worth the affordable price tag
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