Leather Care: Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

At Roarcraft, we take pride in creating high-quality leather goods that are built to last. Our products are designed to withstand the test of time and be loved for years and years. But even the highest quality leather goods require some care from time to time to keep them looking and feeling their best. In this article, we’ll walk you through some tips and tricks for caring for your leather goods.

When Leather Gets Wet

Leather is a natural material that can absorb moisture, and getting it wet can cause it to become stiff and lose its shape. If you spill something on your leather goods, gently wipe away any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth. Avoid using water or soap, as this can cause the leather to dry out and crack. Instead, let the leather dry on its own away from sunlight. Never use a hairdryer or other heat source to speed up the drying process, as this can cause the leather to shrink and become misshapen.

When Leather Gets Dry

Leather can also become dry and lose its natural oils over time, especially if it’s exposed to heat, sunlight, or other drying conditions. To restore softness and depth to your leather, use an uncolored leather cream or conditioner. Choose a product made from natural ingredients only for best results. Apply the cream or conditioner to a clean, dry cloth and rub it into the leather in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire surface. Allow the leather to absorb the product for a few hours before using or storing your leather goods.

When Leather Gets Dirty

Leather can become stained or discolored over time, especially if it’s exposed to dirt, oils, or other substances. To clean your leather goods, use a leather cleaner only, and follow the instructions carefully. Avoid using water or soap, as this can cause the leather to become discolored or damaged. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple. Be sure to choose a conditioner that is suitable for aniline or semi-aniline leather, and test it first in a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire surface.

Storing Your Leather Goods

When you’re not using your leather goods, it’s important to store them properly to prevent damage and extend their lifespan. Keep your leather goods in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or other heat sources. Avoid storing them in plastic bags or other airtight containers, as this can cause the leather to become dry and brittle. Instead, store them in a breathable fabric bag or wrapped in a cotton sheet. Be sure to keep your leather goods away from sharp objects, as these can scratch or puncture the surface.

In Conclusion

Taking care of your leather goods doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little bit of care and attention, you can keep your leather looking and feeling great for years to come. Remember to avoid exposing your leather goods to excess moisture, heat, or sunlight, and always use a gentle leather cleaner and conditioner to keep them clean and supple. By following these simple tips and tricks, you can enjoy your leather goods for years to come.