Today’s topic of the about leather series is leather care. A subject that touches everyone, because we nearly all wear shoes or bags made of leather.
Leather is because of modern tanning and finishing processes a very easy to care material and does not need a lot of care. For the best care of each leather it is necessary to know which kind of leather you want to care. An easy test is to apply a drop of water to an invisible piece of the leather: If the wet spot gets a dark border the leather is absorbent and delicate like Anilin leather or Nubuck leather. Leather with a fine lacquer finishing or a coating is more easy to care.
Leather, if not coated with an impermeable covering (patent leather) it is porous, permeable to air and water. That is why leather easily absorbs dirt and fat. Leather care protects the leather form defilement.
Each care process starts with thorough cleaning of the surface to remove dirt and old leather care products. With leather care you want to make the leather “as new” and you want to equip it with a dirt and water-repellent product. Most leather care products only treat the surface. Used regularly they increase the life of a leather product.
According to their intended use we differ care products for smooth or hunting leather. For smooth leathers there are more different leather care products: shoe polish, leather sprays, washing emulsions that improve the look of the surface and protect from dirt and water (only on surface). Leather oil, wax and leather fat are products that penetrate into the leather to improve the soft and smooth characteristics of the leather and improve water-repellent effects.
Regularily dust it with a soft cloth. Remove insistent dirt with neutral soap dispersed in warm water.
Clean carefully with neutral soap dispersed in warm water. Make sure that the leather isn’t imbued. After drying the leather use leather care milk and polish with a soft cloth.
Suede, Nubuck, Hunting calf:
For sanded leather you can not use fat, wax or ail. They will paste the surface and stain it. Preventive use of an impregnation spray is recommended. For removing heavy dirt or greasy parts the use of a fine scratch brush, sandpaper or special erasers for leather is recommended.
How to care your leather handbag
Basically all leathers are finished with a protective coating. After first dirty parts you start with the leather care: rub the leather carefully with a damp cloth. If this is not enough than try a leather cleaning product. But please make sure that you try out leather products fist at a non visible part of your bag. Apply the leather care product quickly to a large area to avoid blur and rims. Never apply leather care products directly to the leather! Always apply it with a cloth on the leather. Polish it afterwards.