Is there anything better than the smell of leather? Seriously- it’s rich, masculine and there’s just something about it that is so damn good. So with that in mind, here’s how to ensure your leather goods maintain that leathery smell.
Getting to know the different types of leather is key to determining the type of care they require. Here are some you’re most likely to encounter.
Nappa: This is the most ‘common’ type of leather if you like. It is typically made from cow, calf, lamb or kid hide and is generally dyed.
Taking care of this leather requires the use of a cream leather protector.
Suede: The ‘furrier’ kind of leather, it is the flesh side that is buffed or brushed. Be sure to waterproof this kind of leather as it is most prone to water damage.
Nubuck: In between nappa and suede, nubuck leather is sanded or buffed, giving it short fibers that produce a velvet-like surface. It should also be water protected.
Leather cleaners do all the hard work. They’re the elbow grease that remove dust, grease, grime and remnants of old shoe polish.
When choosing a leather cleaner, use solutions with neutral pH and cleaners that do not contain alcohol as this can damage or discolour leather.
Then, follow these easy steps:
- Wipe with a soft, clean cloth to remove dirt or build-up.
- Apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a cloth (around the size of a 20 cent piece).
- Wipe the surface in a gentle circular motion, allowing the leather to absorb the cleaner.
- Remove any excess with a dry rag.
A spa treatment for your leather goods, leather conditioner is essential for adding moisture to the leather and ensuring your leather doesn’t dry and crack over time. This will keep the surface soft which is imperative for leather jackets and shoes.
How to condition your leather goods:
- Dab a dollop of conditioner onto a soft cloth.
- Gently rub the conditioner all over the leather.
- Repeat this once a month or whenever you notice your leather looking a bit drab.
Have you ever been caught in the rain and been close to tears as fat drops of water sink into your leather goods, ruining them forever more? Save yourself the tantrum and make sure you protect your leather goods with leather protector.
Most leather protectants come in a spray can so you can easily apply 1-2 coats as per the instructions. Be sure to spray a sample patch first (on the underside of a bag or side of a shoe) that isn’t overly visible, just in case there is discolourment.