Simple tips of wisdom about caring for your leather
Original leather requires different type of care compared to leather look-alike fabrics. Over a period of time the leather will develop a unique patina describing its own story that it shares with its user. In order to retain its unique texture, shape and grit, we would like to share some helpful tips with our readers.
- If leather gets too wet: dry it slowly. Speed drying or excessive exposure to temperature would result in stiff crinkle cut chaos. Try to aim for room temperature drying with gentle air rather than direct heater time with a hair-dryer. Important to note, keep the leather in the shape you want it to end up, as leather will remember the shape it was when wet.
- If leather gets too dry: rub something moist into it. Pick a light leather dressing or cream that is made from reasonably natural ingredients and doesn't have colouring in it. All you would be doing is moisturising it without applying strong excessive chemicals.
- If leather gets dirty: Just use a damp cloth. You don't want to be putting any soaps or foreign substances in there.
- Leather stretches out, but not back: If you start to overfill a wallet, it will never really return to its former taut self. If you stretch a leather bag when wet or very humid, it will move even faster. Just learn to carry the right amount, and this takes care of itself.
- Don't wrap it in plastic, as your leather needs to breathe. What you're really trying to stop is any mildew growth, so keep some ventilation going.