We here, at The leather Laundry totally understand the kind of emotional sentiment people hold for their prices leather possessions! Reasons could be different! Maybe the materialistic (you), hangs on to it for dear life, because it is expensive (laugh out loud!) Or maybe the product is question is priceless to you, probably because it belongs to your grandparents! Whatever may be the reason, as time passes, people do get immensely attached to their leather gear. And the TLL team understands that completely! You may not necessarily be using these products anymore, but you want to retain and preserve them nonetheless! I personally adore my father’s old briefcase and would want to keep it with me for life! Leather wears off over time! Besides discolouration and mildew problems, it also loses its sheen and moisture and becomes dry and cracked! What brings the leather back to life is maintaining the balance of natural oils in animal hide! Rehydration creams have to be applied to induce moisture! The Leather is then recoloured, fixed for defects and softened! So much for preserving a product but never using it? Absolutely! That is the depth and power of human emotions! We sell a lifestyle!
Here are a few ways you can waterproof and take care of those expensive and oh-so elegant leather items.
Your leather shoes, belts or jackets look classy and sophisticated and needless to say must have taken a hit on your wallet. With the chaotic rains playing havoc in our daily lives, it’s important to know how to take care of these expensive leather products. Leather is resilient and can last long provided the proper precautions are taken. Despite it’s durability, if it is not looked after, especially during the monsoons, it can get spoiled way before it’s time is up. Here are a few ways you can protect your leather items and make them last longer.
Quality of leather: Be sure of the quality of your product. If the leather is not original and if it’s soft, it tends to lose its shine and toughness faster than actual leather. Buying products from a reputed brand or store will give you the value of money that you deserve.
Waterproofing compound: A waterproof compound is interesting to combat the rains for your leather shoes. Depending on the kind of leather you wear, go for a waterproofing compound. To make sure that it doesn’t affect your leather shoes, consult a cobbler and spray it generously over your shoes to form a sort of protective layer.
Dry out the water: If your leather product has gotten exposed to the rain, gently brush off the dirt and dry off the water in room temperature. You can take out the moisture from the shoes with the help of a newspaper or a towel.
Storage area: Moisture is a common element during the monsoons. Even if your leather products are safely kept, they are susceptible to being affected by the moisture. Storing your leather in a completely dry place is important.
Dry cleaning: Make sure you keep your leather clean, it is important to regularly wash your leather and get it done professionally instead of at home. Clothes like leather jackets need ample space to breathe so it is advisable to hang them on a hanger.
Condition: You can use a leather conditioner to ease out your leather product. Make use of your fingertips and focus on areas that have gotten wet. Start by applying a small amount and gradually move to using more.
Things to avoid
Do not use heat in any form to dry out the shoes. Excessive heat makes the shoe at risk of cracking.
Broken or spoiled leather cannot be fixed, so any forms of artificial fixing should be avoided.
Do not expose your leather products to a blow dryer. Especially if they are wet.
Since the rain is constant and unyielding, keep a spare pair of rain shoes or gumboots in your bag in case of an emergency.
We first applied a solvent based deep cleanser to remove all the colour and dust, we then made a matching colour dye and sprayed it all over the shoe with an air gun. We finally applied a thin coat of shining polish and managed retained the rugged look!
Have you ever owned a pair of old tattered shoes, that you have been trying to retain for years now! They may be too worn out for everyday use, but you cringe at the thought of discarding them or giving them away! Why is that? Do we sometimes get emotionally attached to our possessions? Why do they hold high sentimental value for us? The reason these questions are swirling in my head is because I recently got a pair of leather sneakers from a man for reconditioning! Believe it or not, he has retained them for 20 long years! They were dirty, scratched and worn off! I asked him if he still uses them! Pat came the reply “Nope I do not! I stopped using them 10 years back! But there is something about these shoes that makes me hold on to them! I cannot imagine my life without them! I wore these shoes during the best years of my life! From my college days through to the days when I was struggling to become an entrepreneur! These shoes are symbolic of all important aspects of my life, my youth, my struggles, my victories and my moments of joy and sorrow! I cherish them and may never use them again but I want to preserve them and gift them to my boy when he turns 18! I want him to keep the shoes as a memento of his father’s memories!”
His moving tale brought tears to my eyes and I got my team all set to work on this priceless product! We sure did a good job!Do not asked what i charged him! For him, these shoes were surely priceless!
I am glad I can offer a service that restores products that mean the world to some people! Over time, you not only get comfortable with a possession, but also get attached to it! What I am selling is not a mere service, I guess I am selling lifestyle alltogether!