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Leather Care Basics

Leather Care Basics

April 20, 2022

When leather is cared for properly, it can last a very long time. In this BLOG, we cover the basics you need to know to do so, along with a link to a video that covers a lot more detail on the topic.

There are four key topics to understand when it comes to leather care: Cleaning, Conditioning, Protecting, and Storage.

Cleaning leather is as simple as wiping it with a clean damp cloth, then wiping/blotting it dry with a dry cloth. Lightly wiping off surface dirt and residue with a clean dry cloth before hand for very soiled items can make the job go faster. Cleaning should always be the first step in caring for leather.

Conditioning is a vital step after cleaning where you work at introducing back into the leather the moisture it needs to keep looking good and remaining viable. Think of it like conditioning your skin and hair. Specifically formulated leather conditioning products should be used for this step. Mink oil and specialty creams are common examples of such products.

Protecting is the final step in the process where a product is applied that protects the surface from water, reduces the ability of dirt and residue to adhere to the leather, while still allowing the leather to breathe. Specifically formulated leather protecting products should be used for this step.

Some specialty products on the market offer multiple functions (like cleaning and conditioning together for example), while others are more focused. Spray on leather protectors are such an example. Regardless of the product used, it is always important to follow the manufacturers use instructions and guidelines.

Storage of leather is also critical to its overall care. The best way to store leather is in a cool, dry place where the item can breathe. Storing leather in high humidity environments or in a manner not allowing air to circulate (like in a plastic bag) is a recipe for mold that will destroy your leather.

More detail, and examples of products and their use, can be found in our YouTube instructional video. Click here to watch the video.