Genuine Leather Care
Leather is breathable and flexible just like skin. All it takes are just the right suitable techniques you’ll need to maintain it as leather is inherently resilient.
The basics to leather care are to make sure that their material remains well conditioned while preventing dirt buildup and salt/water damage. You would need a good-quality leather cream and moisturizer to keep the leather fibers looking healthy and new. In applying any product, be sure not to apply external sources of heat other than your hands.
To ensure that your leather products are able to withstand the test of time with flying colors, using a delicate leather cream is very crucial. Over time, almost everything will gather dirt and grime. This is especially true for leather, which can often be a grime and dirt magnet due to the composition of its material. However, dirt and grime can be easily taken care off when using a delicate leather cream.
- Wipe away any of the excess dirt and debris with a slightly damp cloth.
- Then, take a clean cloth and your leather cream and gently work the formula onto the leather uppers in slow, circular motions.
- Make sure not to rub the leather too hard. Once finished, allow half an hour for the shoe cream to take on effect.
- Polish the leather with a cloth or brush. This not only makes it shine but also removes any excess shoe cream from the leather.
- Ensure the surface is completely dry before storing/using.
- Recommended to use it weekly.
When it comes to pampering and protecting your bag against drying and cracking, a proper leather-care ritual is needed. To ensure that your leather products stay supple and waterproof, using a leather moisturizer can help do the trick! You can use good water repellent, to give your leather boots that added layer of protection.
- Apply a nickel-sized amount of leather moisturizer to a polishing cloth or clean rag—never directly to the handbag.
- Then gently rub the cloth into the leather with a light coating.
- Use a clean spot on the cloth for each dollop of leather moisturizer.
- Just like any leather moisturizer, allow the leather to set between 10 to 20 minutes until it’s fully absorbed.
Patent Leather Care
Learning how to clean patent leather shoes is easy, but they must be cared for differently than ordinary calfskin shoes. The looks for patent leather can vary between smooth or embossed, or it can have a crumpled appearance. Because of this, it is recommended that you frequently use a cleaning cloth. It’s also wise to use a gentle foam product for cleaning and retaining the elasticity of the patent leather material. Special liquid products or sprays are the perfect solutions to consider handling patent leather.
- Take a damp cloth and begin to wipe away any dust or debris that has accumulated onto the leather material.
- Apply a thick layer of your liquid product or spray that is specially formulated for all patent leathers.
- Allow the leather to dry.
- Lastly, buff the patent leather to a high shine using a cotton chamois. This will help work up the high-gloss shine.
Nubuck Leather and Suede Care
Special care needs to be taken for both Nubuck leather and Suede. This is because their extremely absorbent and will wet immediately. They need to be dried quickly upon wetting and needs to be brushed after the cleaning process. The only difference is that Suede leather has been sanded down on the inner layer of the skin, while the Nubuck is sanded on the exterior. When handling Nubuck leather or Suede, it’s important to invest on a fine suede or nubuck brush. You would also need a good suede eraser to help wipe away any specific stains.
- First, use a dry soft cloth to surface dirt and grubby marks. This will also help restore its soft and fuzzy texture.
- Use the suede eraser to remove any visible scuff marks.
- After erasing, take your suede or nubuck brush and brush on the material.
- Brush toward fabric’s grain to abstain from tearing or harming the material’s surface.
- Shake your leather protector spray designed specifically for suede or nubuck. Apply the spray to the material to protect it from any future stains.
Storing Leather Goods
Of all the items that people have in storage, your leather essentials are expected to stay in good condition. Careful attention to the storage of your leather goods will enhance and lengthen their lifespan.
- Store your leather goods in dry places. Stuff newspaper (wrapped in tracing paper) into the bag during storage. Following this top tip also helps maintain the shape of the bag.
- For light colored products, avoid storing bags in areas that are directly exposed to sunlight.
- Wrap your leather in plastic to help lock in moisture.
- For outerwear, hang coats and jackets on wide, padded hangers so the garment maintains its shape.