Degreaser 2.2 by Leather Doctor is a degreaser for body oil, grease, and sweat on leather headrests, armrests, collars, cuffs, handles, and steering wheels. Degreaser 2.2 is a pH 2.2 water-based degreaser with dye bleeding control for degreasing leather of penetrated oil, grease, and sweat stains from skin, and hair contact, without further drying out the leather as solvent products do. Degreaser 2.2 is a universal leather-safe degreaser for all leather types including the varieties of Nubuck, and suede.
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How Degreaser 2.2 Works?
Hydrator 3.3 deep structural saturation further helps in releasing and moving suspended soiling by squeezing over a highly absorbent cotton towel until the towel shows clean.
Degreased remaining suspended soiling is further moved by saturation and allows wicking by reverse transfer through tight surface contact with a white wettable towel or Towel 5.
Removing penetrated soiling completely off the surface will require the three steps of penetration, suspension, and extraction by Degreaser 2.2 followed by Acidifier 2.0 followed by Hydrator 3.3 system.
How to Remove Dry Soiling?
1* Dry soiling is removed with brushes and erasers accordingly. Horsehair, nylon, and brass brushes are for details. Leather erasers have better friction rubs to remove sticky soiling.
2* Vacuum nubuck and suede loose soiling accordingly before degreasing.
How to Degrease?
1* Degreaser 2.2 is shaken until it gels from separation.
2* Saturate to reach penetrated soiling with appropriate brushes and erasers and extract with a dry terry cotton towel until the towel shows clean.
3* Re-apply and allow dwelling 5 to 60 minutes or before it dries for a complete soiling suspension to occur and towel extract until it shows clean.
How to Rinse Suspended Soiling?
1* Suspended surface soiling is rinsed with Rinse 3.0.
2* Dry with terry cotton towel extraction until the towel shows clean.
How to Control Leather Tackiness?
1* Leather tackiness from alkaline overexposure is pH balanced with Acidifier 2.0.
2* Spray Acidifier 2.0 to saturate penetrated soiling and use a dry terry cotton towel to extract until the towel shows clean, let dry, and proceed for extra structural wet soil removal.
How to Deep Clean Penetrated Soiling?
1* Penetrated soiling is deeply cleaned with Hydrator 3.3.
2* Spray Hydrator 3.3 to further saturate penetrated soiling and use a dry terry cotton towel to extract until the towel shows clean.
3* Extra extraction is by repeat saturation and indirect squeezing through a dry towel with an appropriate spatula until the towel shows clean and lets naturally dry to inspect for satisfaction.
How to Remove Penetrated Soiling with Reverse-Transfer Technique?
1* The leather structure is further saturated with Hydrator 3.3 and a wettable towel or Towel 5 is wet-stretch out with a horsehair brush to void air space and let dry naturally.
2* When the towel is crispy dry peel off and proceed to dry soil removal.
How to Remove Surface Dry Soiling?
1* Surface dry soil is removed with a horsehair brush and a leather eraser. Lightly stretch the leather to open up the pores. Brush and erase for satisfactory inspection, otherwise, repeat. or proceed to another revealed class of stain removal system.
How to Restore Leather Suppleness?
1* When soiling and stains are removed to satisfaction, relax and plump with Hydrator 3.3 replenish fat and oil with Fatliquor 5.0, and clean up surface residue with Hydrator 3.3.
What is Leather Optimum Fatliquor Content?
Optimum fatliquor (fat and oil) moisture content in healthy leathers is up to an average of 14% when read with a leather moisture meter.
Existing cracks are magnified when fatliquor moisture content falls below 7% level when dry for most leather and especially for the naked vegetable-tanned leathers popularly known as Vachetta.
What is the Nature of Leather?
Leather by nature is both hydrophilic and oleophilic and easily absorbs body contact oil, grease, and sweat.
Penetrated and prolonged soiling contamination that has high sweat content tends to denature the leather manifests as stickiness, a darkening effect from fugitive tanning agents, a white blotchy effect from fugitive fat, and is common with dye-bleeding.
What is Leather-Safe Degreasing?
Leather-safe degreasing is done by charging the amphoteric protein fiber ionic positive (+ve) is the science and logic approach to effective degreasing.
In addition to deep non-hazardous and non-toxic degreasing, the leather is reverted from denaturing into rawhide.
Degreasing at a low pH of 2.2 below the average iso-electric point or pH neutral of leather revitalizes the ionic attraction.
The amphoteric protein fiber returns to its ionic positive (+ve) attraction towards the negative (-ve) leather constituents which include the tanning agent, dyestuff, and fatliquor.
When such contamination is thereafter rinsed with Acidifier 2.0, the leather returns to a healthy squeak with reduced dye bleeding in a leather-safe water-based system.
Moreover, the leather is softer when dry without leaching out of its original fat and oil as associated with a dry solvent system.