At Porter Riley, we understand the value and appeal of genuine leather goods. From a luxurious leather jacket to a sturdy phone case, leather items can add a touch of sophistication and durability to any look.
However, like any investment, it’s important to properly care for your leather goods to ensure they last for years to come.
Here are some tips on how to properly care for your genuine leather goods:
1. Protect your leather goods from water and moisture.
- Water and moisture can cause leather to become stiff, cracked and discoloured. To protect your leather goods from water and moisture, avoid wearing them in rainy or damp conditions and store them in a cool, dry place.
- If your leather goods do get wet, gently blot the moisture with a soft, dry cloth and allow them to air dry naturally. Do not use heat sources or blow dryers to speed up the drying process, as this can cause the leather to shrink and crack.
2. Condition your leather goods regularly.
- Leather is a natural material that can dry out and lose its natural oils over time, leading to cracking and stiffness. To keep your leather goods supple and soft, use a leather conditioner or moisturiser to restore the natural oils and protect against drying and cracking.
- Look for a leather conditioner that is specifically designed for the type of leather you have (e.g. cowhide, suede, etc.) and follow the instructions on the product label.
- Apply the conditioner evenly and in small amounts, using a soft, dry cloth to work it into the leather. Avoid using too much conditioner, however, as this can cause the leather to become sticky and attract dirt and grime.
3. Avoid exposing your leather goods to heat and direct sunlight.
- Heat and sunlight can cause leather to fade, discolour and become brittle. To protect your leather goods, store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
- If your leather goods do get exposed to heat or sunlight, allow them to cool down and air out before storing them away. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near heat sources, as this can cause further damage.
4. Keep your leather goods clean and free from dirt and grime.
- Dirt and grime can cause leather to become dull, stained and damaged. To keep your leather goods clean, use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe away any dirt and grime. Avoid using harsh chemicals or detergents, as these can strip away the natural oils and cause the leather to become dry and brittle.
- For tougher stains, you can use a leather cleaning solution specifically designed for the type of leather you have. Follow the instructions on the product label and test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire surface.
5. Store your leather goods properly.
- Proper storage is the key to keeping your leather goods in good condition. When not in use, store your leather goods in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid storing them in damp or humid areas as this can cause mould and mildew to form.
- If possible, wrap your leather goods in a soft, breathable material, such as cotton or silk, to protect them from dust and scratches. Avoid using plastic or vinyl covers, as these can trap moisture and cause the leather to become stiff and brittle.
In addition to regular care and maintenance, there are a few other things to keep in mind when it comes to genuine leather goods:
- Avoid exposing your leather goods to extreme temperatures. Leather is a natural material that can be affected by temperature changes. Avoid leaving your leather goods in a hot car or in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, as this can cause the leather to fade, shrink and/or crack.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning products on your leather goods. Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning products can strip away the natural oils and damage the surface of the leather. Stick to using mild soaps and cleaning solutions specifically designed for leather to keep your leather goods clean and protected.
- Avoid overstuffing your leather goods. Overstuffing your leather wallet, purse or bag can cause the leather to stretch and lose its shape, so refrain from filling your leather accessories to capacity.
- Avoid exposing your leather goods to direct heat sources. Direct heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces and hair dryers, can cause the leather to shrink and become brittle. Avoid placing your leather goods near heat sources, and instead allow them to air dry naturally if they become wet or damp.
By following these tips and taking proper care of your genuine leather goods, you can keep them looking and feeling their best for years to come. Whether it’s a stylish leather jacket, beautiful leather bag or durable leather phone case, regular care and maintenance will help preserve their natural beauty and extend the lifespan of your leather.