Leather is an extremely durable material that is naturally resistant to dirt; however, over time it can become dirty. Although the degree of dirt will depend on the leather article and the use that has been given to it.
Shoes, for example, tend to get dirtier than a bag, a jewelry box, or a piece of leather furniture. Leather exposed to very wet, dry, or dirty conditions needs more cleaning than an item that is seldom used or merely decorative.
Part of the experience of owning a leather product is feeling how it feels and glimpsing what it looks like, so getting the most out of any leather item requires regular cleaning and care.
HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER
Leather can be cleaned with almost any commercial leather cleaning product (such as a skincare conditioner), or with a moisturizing soap.
To begin cleaning, we recommend first testing a small area, to ensure that the product does not cause any unwanted effects on the skin.
Once we have made sure that the product is harmless to our leather item, we can proceed by applying the cleaner to a soft, damp cloth. Then, cover the skin completely with circular movements until it is all clean.
It is recommended to remove excess moisture from the skin using another completely dry cloth, to avoid an adverse result.
Note: You can let the leather item dry naturally once the excess moisture has been removed, but you should never leave it in direct sun, as this will completely ruin it.
In the same way, you can clean your leather articles for personal use, such as jewelry or clothing, using steam. Although you should not neglect to use a product for cleaning the leather.
While steam will help remove bacteria and germs from the leather, it doesn’t fully penetrate the component, so it will be ineffective if you’re trying to get rid of certain stains.
WHAT IS A SKINCARE CONDITIONER?
Leather conditioner is a product designed to be easily absorbed by the material in question so that the fibers can be nourished and regain their natural suppleness.
When leather loses its natural oils and moisture, it loses its flexibility and begins to crack. Skin treatment conditioners, if used correctly, will help prevent this from happening. There are three main varieties of leather conditioner:
These products nourish and moisturize, they also cause a minimal color change. A good conditioning cream will keep the fiber supple and provide some protection to the leather’s surface.
Neatsfoot oil and lanolin have been used to soften leather for centuries. The wrong oil will make the leather sticky and can even make it rancid. So if you are looking for a conditioning oil you can always trust the Neatsfoot brand that has been on the market for centuries.
The wax does not penetrate deeply or nourish the fibers of the leather, but it does provide excellent surface protection against water and other liquids. Which makes it perfect for caring for shoes, jackets, or any leather item that is prone to get mixed with liquid.
WHY WE SHOULD USE LEATHER CARE CONDITIONERS
Did you know that dirt, grease, and dust get trapped in the pores of leather? Conditioner can help keep your skin soft and protected by lubricating the fibers and reducing friction. It will also help us protect the surface from stains and, over time, will intensify the color and improve the patina.
WHEN IS IT CONVENIENT TO START USING CONDITIONERS?
This will depend on the type of treatment the leather has received, especially if it is a jacket or any item of clothing. Normally, conditioning should be done twice a year, but if the skin is in direct contact with the sun, it is advisable to do it between 4 and 6 times a year.
HOW SHOULD WE APPLY THE CONDITIONER?
As we saw before, this should always be used on a clean, lint-free cloth, never directly on the leather.
You can apply it in a circular motion over an entire section of leather. Afterward, it is polished with a clean cloth to let it rest for a while. This is always away from direct contact with the sun.
HOW MUCH CONDITIONER SHOULD BE USED?
Too much conditioner will prevent the leather from breathing and the fibers will go limp and rot. Apply only a small amount of conditioner, a thin layer will suffice. Don’t forget that leather needs to be left to dry in a clean, cool place.
Leather items require special care to have a long life. Therefore, if you want your products to always look new, cared for, and free of impurities, it is advisable to follow the advice that we show you here.
Although the leather requires maintenance, this is not constant and not at all tedious to perform. As you could see in this article, maintenance is usually only required a couple of times a year so that your leather goods maintain that elegant and new appearance as the first day you bought them.