What Is Newspaper Print?

 

Leather Bands Newspaper Article

Leather Bands Newspaper Article

Where a newspaper has been left on the surface of the leather, this can cause a migration of print to leather.

Newspaper print is not as much of a problem as it used to be, newspapers used to be printed with inks that contained heavy metals such as lead and many other toxic materials like cadmium, these type of printing materials were dangerous to printers and the health of those who worked in the industry, items like vegetables, fish and chips used to be wrapped in newspapers, this caused a ink transfer to the fish and chips due to the fat and this can be dangerous to your health.

Today inks are much safer as they are made mainly from soybean, previously they were made with petroleum oil, today soybean is the main products used, along with other materials like dyes and pigments that are organic or inorganic, waxes and paraffin are also used to help the inks dry quickly.

Removing newspaper print can be done easily as long as the print has not been left on the surface for too long, using a natural water based leather cleaner to gently clean the surface to remove the stain will in most work perfectly, if it’s an older style newspaper where heavy metals were used this can be more problematic and require stronger solvent based chemicals to remove the newspaper print.

If the stains do not remove with a leather cleaner, then the ink and stain remover soap would be the next step to remove this, using a damp cloth rub this into the soap and then gently rub over the surface to work into the newspaper print to remove, if this fails then you would have to resort to the solvent based ink and stain removers, if you have to use a solvent based product you will have to apply a coating of protection cream afterwards to re protect the surface.

Daily Express Newspaper

Daily Express Newspaper

 

Newspaper print can affect all types of leather from pigmented leather to aniline leather and semi aniline leathers or even veg tanned leathers due to them being very natural and the leather being absorbent.

Please be sure of your leather type before attempting to clean it off.

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