Guidelines for Leather Care

Caring for your bags depend on the type of material that is used. Just like when it comes to cow skin leather, care should be taken to keep it from getting wet, while the deerskin leather can be damp while still keeping its shape and softness. There are some care tips and tricks common to all types of leather. Always take good care of your leather bags, so they will remain sturdy. Functional and beautiful for as long you own them. Whether it is a tote, shoulder, or a bolsos de flecos de piel proper caring is important to prevent it from cracking and drying, and to protect it from excessive moisture that will cause the skin to swell or mildew.

The best way to take care for leather is to think of it as a skin, a skin that can no longer self-hydrate. According to some leather expert, leather needs to be conditioned and moisturized to keep it from growing brittle, dull or eventually crack. Conditioners act as a protectant as well and help expand leather’s lifespan.

Another leather destroyer, much the same as with our own fragile skin, is the sunlight. Moreover, the best thing to do in protecting it against sun damage, which in turn can dry out your leather item, is to avoid direct sunlight exposure for a long period. By keeping leather goods in a low-humidity, dark space whenever they are not in use helps prevent discoloration as well as the drying effect. Stuffing bags with tissue paper or old newspaper also retain their shape in between use. Not all leather are created equally, that is why knowing the type of leather is an essential when caring for it. Deerskin and elk are the softer type of leather that are very porous and can easily absor b stains and oils more easily than other heavier leathers, as well as dry out from the sun a lot easier. Suede is its own beast and demands very different care than calfskin.

Mold and mildew can also develop if you are not careful. These annoying white clouds can absolutely destroy your bag and pair of shoes, which sometimes a real pain to get rid of. Some of the home remedies can works best in removing stubborn mildew: one part of apple cider vinegar for brown leathers and white vinegar for lighter leathers and four parts water. Then wipe down your leather with the solution after cleaning, and then allow it to dry. It is very important to remember to allow your leather to full dry between cleaning and conditioning. Because if you don’t, the conditioner can seal in that excess water, which can lead to mildew.

In addition to these guidelines, avoid cleaning products with turpentine, mineral spirits, or alcohol as they will discolor and dry out leather. Never allow water to soak into your bag. Moreover, if the bag gets wet, never use a hair dryer on the leather. Instead, absorb as much water as possible with a thick microfiber towel and allow the bag to air dry. Then after that, condition it again and store it. Take extra care of your bag at hair salons and keep it away from hair sprays, coloring solutions and other hair products. Also, take note that waxes and silicone products will clog up leather pores and may render them to be cleaned in the future.

 

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