Genuine Leather Care Guide

How to care for genuine leather?

  1. Avoid Water and Liquids: Leather is not waterproof, and excessive exposure to water can cause it to become discolored, warped, or cracked. Avoid using leather products in heavy rain or near water bodies. If your leather item gets wet, gently pat it dry with a soft cloth and let it air dry naturally at room temperature.
  2. Keep Away from Direct Heat and Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct heat or sunlight can cause the leather to dry out and become brittle. Avoid placing your leather products near radiators, heating vents, or in direct sunlight. Instead, store them in a cool, dry place when not in use.

  3. Use Leather Conditioner: Regularly apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple. Conditioning prevents drying and cracking and also restores its natural oils. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the conditioner.

  4. Clean Spills and Stains Promptly: If your leather product encounters spills or stains, clean them immediately. Use a slightly damp cloth with a mild soap (specifically made for leather) to gently wipe away the stain. Test the cleaning product in a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't harm the leather.

  5. Avoid Harsh Cleaning Agents: Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or solvents on leather. They can damage the surface and strip away the natural oils, leading to cracking and discoloration.

  6. Store Properly: When not using your leather products, store them properly in a cool, dry place. Use dust bags or soft, breathable covers to protect them from dust and scratches. Avoid plastic bags or non-breathable materials, as they can trap moisture and promote mold growth.

  7. Avoid Overstuffing Bags: If you have a leather bag, avoid overloading it with heavy items, as it can lead to stretching and distortion of the leather. This is especially important for structured bags that can lose their shape when overstuffed.

  8. Prevent Scratches: While some minor scratches can add character to leather, deep scratches can be unsightly. Be mindful of sharp objects and avoid rough surfaces that could cause deep scratches or cuts.

  9. Use Leather Protectant: Consider applying a leather protectant spray for added protection against stains and spills. Again, ensure the product is specifically designed for use on genuine leather.

  10. Test Cleaning Products: Before using any cleaning or care products on your leather item, test them on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure they don't cause damage or discoloration.

  11. Professional Cleaning and Repair: For serious stains, extensive damage, or if you're unsure about how to clean a specific leather item, seek professional help from a reputable leather care specialist.

Remember, genuine leather can age gracefully and develop a beautiful patina over time, adding to its character and uniqueness. Proper care and maintenance will help you enjoy your leather products for many years to come.