Leather Care



Do you see your leather belt flaking and cracking? Is your footwear showing signs of fungus and mould? Is your leather furniture no longer as classy as it was? Perhaps, then, what is called for, is some information and a few tips on leather care.

Some of the common reasons why leather deteriorates are:
  • Oxidation : This is what is responsible for the cracking you notice on leather surfaces.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light, ozone, sulphurous and nitrous air pollution.
  • Lack of lubrication and excessive drying. In this case, the leather fibers break when the material is flexed.
  • Abrasion , both internal (caused by dust and dirt lodged in the pores) and external (caused because of repeated contact and rubbing).
Leather Care Tips :

Leather is a sensitive material that demands a great deal of looking after. Here are a few useful tips on how to care for leather.

Irrespective of whether it is leather apparel, footwear, handbags, belts, upholstery, furniture or any other item you own, these hints and suggestions will come in handy.

  • Store leather items away from heat
  • Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Avoid extreme humidity
  • Do not store leather items in plastic. Use a cloth cover instead
  • Use a lubricant. A petroleum based one is a good choice. Avoid lubricants that contain animal fat or that evaporate easily
  • Dust frequently to prevent the pores from getting clogged
  • Clean stains as soon as possible. Use a damp cloth and some mild soap (for food and drink stains) and a leather cleaner (for organic stains, ink and grease)
  • Use a leather conditioner after using a cleaner. Clean leather items around 4 times a year.
  • Brush suede and nubuck

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