How To Care for Leather Products
Leather products are some of the most enduring pieces you can own. With proper care, they can last forever! While it's not difficult to maintain your leather shoes, bags, and accessories, there is a method behind it. Read on for our top tips on how to care for your leather goods and keep them looking brand new.
Looking after your leather items ensures they'll keep looking great for years to come. Here are a few things to keep in mind during daily wear and use of your leather pieces.
Avoid Overfilling Bags and WalletsLeather is a skin, which means it will stretch out and permanently lose its shape if you're not careful. Avoid over-packing your leather purses, bags, and wallets so that they maintain their shape and keep looking great.
Limit Exposure to Sun and HeatSince it is a skin, excessive exposure to sun and heat can cause the leather to fade, dry out, and crack. Imagine spending all day at the beach with no sunscreen! While this doesn't mean you should be paranoid and hide in the shade, avoid leaving leather goods on sunny windowsills or outdoors in peak heat.
Blot Dry When WetLife happens! Sometimes you get caught in the rain, or spill a drink, and your leather bag gets wet. While there's no need to panic, you want to ensure your leather doesn’t stay Dry any excess water with a cloth by blotting (not rubbing), reshape the item if necessary, and allow any remaining moisture to air dry. Never apply heat to dry it faster. You will only dehydrate the leather.
As with anything, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular cleaning of your leather products will keep them looking new while reducing buildup and damage. Never use soap to clean your leather accessories. The chemicals can strip the protective oils and dry out the leather. A damp cloth is all you need to remove dust and residue. For a more rigorous clean, only ever use products labeled as leather cleaners. Avoid touching your leather goods with unclean hands as the oils on your skin could transfer.
A leather conditioner is the best way to maintain the texture and suppleness of your products. Soft leather bags will require a cream conditioner (specifically made for leather) while shoes are treated with polish or wax and buffed with a shoe brush to get that coveted shine. Always wipe your leather products clean of any dust or residue before conditioning.
If you need to store your leather goods, whether for an evening or until next season, there are a few best practices to keep in mind.
Store Away from Heat or SunKeep your leather accessories in closets, boxes, or bins. Never leave them out in the heat or bright light for extended periods.
Protect the Shape and ExteriorIf you're packing away a leather bag, wallet, or pair of shoes, be sure to stuff them with tissue paper to maintain their shape. Allow the leather to breathe by storing your items in cloth bags rather than plastic.
Don't Forget to ConditionIf your leather items are being stored for a while, make sure you remember to condition them periodically. Otherwise, you risk letting the leather dry out and crack before you get the chance to wear your pieces again!
Leather is one of the most naturally durable fabrics out there, and with proper maintenance, it can last a lifetime. Now that you're an expert, check out our current sale for quality leather goods and accessories!