Leather Care

Leather is a strong, flexible and durable material; yet it is prone to aging and wear and tear. With proper care, you can extend the preservation process of your valued leather accessories.

The main goal of good leather care and maintenance is to preserve the condition of the leather accessory for as long as possible. Leather care for different types of leather articles made from them varies greatly depending on how the leather was produced and processed, the usage of the leather, its age and also if and how long it has been under the direct exposure of sunlight, along with other factors potentially damaging the leather. Leather requires oils and fats to keep the material soft, and waterproofing to avoid water stains. Using a leather cleaner is also essential to remove all kinds of dirt and stains off the leather.

Choosing a leather cleaner or leather protector from the variety of products offered by the market can be a confusing deal for consumers who know very less of the leather articles they are using, and may also end up using leather cleaners that are not appropriate for them. Home remedies are also often recommended online for dealing with leather care, and while these agents are based on plant or animal substances, using perishable products to treat leather can corrode the leather either on the surface or from inside, further escalating the decay process.

Important things to remember:

  1. Absorbent leathers are much more sensitive than non-absorbing leathers. Fluids sink into absorbent leather and lock in the moisture, darkening the leather. They can be easily damaged if treated incorrectly. How to save a leather product that has been machine washed? Read here.
  2. Regular cleaning and maintenance of leather accessories prevents signs of wear and prolongs its lifespan.
  3. Rubbing too hard on stains is a risk to damaging the surface of the leather.
  4. Letting the leather dry naturally is just as important as keeping it dry. Avoid exposing the leather to direct sunlight and never use a hairdryer to dry the leather, as it will shrink.
  5. Always check the type of leather and test the cleaning product on a hidden area for any undesired outcome.
  6. Surface-pigmented leathers can be treated with most cleaners and leather care products. However, it is important to put gentle pressure while cleaning, as the leather color layer is dissolvable if rubbed for too long and with excessive pressure.
  7. Aggressive solvents like acetone damage the leather.

 

How do I clean my leather accessories?

  1. Empty all pockets and compartments before cleaning the leather. You can also use a soft brush to brush out the debris stuck in the crevices of the leather stitch.
  2. To make a suitable and safe homemade solution for cleaning leather, add a bit of dish soap in warm water in a ratio of 1:10. This will create a mild general cleaner to get rid of basic dirt on the leather
  3. Wipe the leather with a clean dry cloth before using the solution. Wet a soft cloth into the solution and wring it to remove the excess before using the now damp cloth to wipe the surface of the leather. 
  4. Use a second clean damp cloth to wipe the soap solution off of the leather and another clean cloth to dry. 
  5. Store the leather accessory in a cool, dry place to dry naturally. Avoid putting the leather article into direct sunlight.

 

Precautions to take when you handle a genuine leather product: 

  1. Being an extremely absorbent material, it is absolutely important to keep your genuine leather accessories away from any kinds of liquids. The leather absorbs liquids and locks it in, not only leaving dark stains but also decaying the material faster. High humidity in the atmosphere can hence damage genuine leather.
  2. Exposing genuine leather to sunlight for longer periods of time dries up the leather and cracks it up, as well as fading the color.
  3. When not in use, store your leather accessory in a breathable container. Good options for storage can be fabric bags, wooden boxes. Plastic is not a breathable material to store leather in. Use silicon gel bags to absorb any moisture in the container that might damage the leather.

 

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