Leather Care Tips

5 Tips for Leather Care

Leather is everywhere in the world of carry, and so we thought we should have a little look into how to care for the stuff. And because this is Carryology, you know we’re going to start with a touch of background…

Background (as promised): Leather is rad. It essentially takes the highly evolved hide of an animal, removes anything that might putrify (like any life, proteins or peskily vermin), and leaves behind a collagen structure that is strong yet pliable, and which can be dyed, painted or imprinted with almost any form of craziness.

So if we’re taking a live skin, and essentially Hans Solo Cryovacing it to stop the life in it, that means we need take a few measures to preserve some semblance of this homeostasis. In other words, we can treat it bad, but not too bad. Essentially, you don’t want it returning to life.

There’s kinda 2 schools to leather care:
1. Pick a leather that develops a rich patina, and then let your life story start to show
2. Preserve leather so it forever looks new

We are much more for School number 1, so our tips are going to be about how to keep your leather dead, while letting your history of use bring it to life (dang that was cheesie).

Tip 1
If leather gets too wet: Dry it slowly. Speed drying leather changes its chemical structure, and you end up with stiff crinkle cut chaos. So room temperature with gentle air works better than direct heater time with hair-dryer. And keep it in the shape you want it to end up.

Tip 2

If leather gets too dry: Rub something moist into it. Pick a leather dressing or cream, preferably recommended by the maker. Leathers can have paints, waxes, oils and all sorts of things applied to their surface, so you probably want to pick something similar to how it came. Personally, we mostly use Dubbin for heavier use applications (because our dads did), or a lighter leather cream for wallets.

Tip 3

If leather gets dirty: Just use a damp cloth. You don’t want to be putting any soaps or foreign substances in there.

Tip 4
Leather stretches out, but not back: If you start to overfill a wallet, it will never really return to it’s 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.

Tip 5
Don’t wrap it in plastic: Going back to that Cryovac analogy, it can help to think of leather as having the life frozen rather than completely killed. Hans Solo still needed a tiny bit of air, and so does your leather. What you’re really trying to stop is any mildew growth, so keep some ventilation going.

Source: http://www.carryology.com

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A blessing in disguise.

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Your leather requires pampering

Of course, your products need pampering. Leather accessories are special and we buy them when the occasion calls for it. Leather products are a special buy. Be it a leather jacket or an office leather briefcase, there is a lot of research that goes into the process of buying the product. Hence, lot of care needs to be taken to maintain it.

Leather laundry provides for cleaning and moisturizing the product. It helps remove stains and soil as well as to replenish vital oils and restore color of the product. Leather laundry maintain the look, feel and delicate balance of oil in the leather. Moisture content and softness is also restored by applying a special topcoat of rehydrating creams.

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Leather laundry experts bring back color and softness to your leather product that has been lost due to continued use, through the application of refinishing dyes and oils. They also fix non fast colors and restore colors that wear off during the normal cleaning procedure.

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The experts ensure your leather product glows with the natural shine and elegance.

Bring it back to normal

Leather laundry experts bring with them years of experience and research that make their services of utmost quality. They help to meet all your repair needs of your leather apparel and accessories.

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Do we need to say more? The leather laundry experts are indeed there to give some awesome leather experience.

Did we miss out on anything?

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Mallika Sharma is the founder of The Leather Laundry. The company offers professional cleaning, coloring, repairing and restoration services for everything leather.