Got a new branded leather wallet or a bag?
Well, we all invest time and money hunting for the perfect leather accessory before narrowing down our choice. That’s why care and maintenance is vital for your leather product. Here are a few smart tips and tricks that will ensure longevity and glamour of your products.
- Rule of thumb for Men’s Wallets.
It is strongly advised not to carry your wallet in back pockets of your trousers. As you sit on your wallet, it will cause your wallet to lose its shape and damage the leather and the brand logo. We recommend that you carry the wallet in your front pocket, in your hand, on in the inner pocket of your blazer/coat.
- Avoid overstuffing
Be it your leather wallet, bag or your briefcase, overstuffing can cause damage by stretching the leather grains and cause the pasting to open.
- Ensure correct storage of leather products.
Remember, leather needs to breathe. It needs some ventilation to prevent mildew and rot. Therefore, never store it in a plastic bag when not in use. Use the dust bag/storage bag that comes with it.
- Wet Leather
If the leather gets soaked, let it dry naturally even if it takes longer. You can use a dry cloth to rub it down gently. Do not use a hairdryer or keep it exposed to a heated surface as this can damage the leather.Wet leather requires extra care, so if rain is forecast, remember to take an umbrella.
- Have a regular clean check
Did you know that when dirt or dust is absorbed by the leather, it leads to faster wear and tear? Yes, you can prevent this by regularly cleaning the leather with a damp cloth (not soaking wet) and let it dry naturally. If the dirt has already set in, use a good quality leather conditioner to ease it out. Do not use soaps/handwashes or detergents on your leather as it will affect its composition. Use products specifically made to be used on leather.
- Everyday Care
Once covered, place your covered product away from direct sunlight and artificial sources of heat. Be sure to stand bags, travel bags etc. on its base rather than hanging it up, as this can stretch the handles.Invest in a handbag hook to keep your bags safe and away from dirty, rough floors and surfaces.
- Environment Consciousness
Remember to always purchase leather goods that come from recognised supply chains that are certified and compliant with international standards. Ensure to promote 100% chrome-free sustainable leather goods that use Vegetable Tanning methods. Finally, stay away from faux leather, PU leathers and the leather look-alikes that do more harm than good to the environment.