Whilst we refresh specific user guides for your leather care solutions, here are some general rules on leather care and protection.
Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of dust, dirt, mildew and bacteria. Use your clean fingertip to gently rub out the scratch, as the natural oils from your skin will remove most small scratches. A soft, damp cloth removes dirt, grime, or surface residue. Gently rub for removal. Use a cleaner to help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them for a deeper clean. Cleaning is an irreversible process; therefore, thorough consideration should be made before any such attempt. Do not use coloured rags that are not dye-colourfast, as the dye may come off onto your leather.
Leather loses suppleness in time if it is not provided with regular nourishment. Use a wax-free leather conditioner to nourish and restore your leather article's flexibility and suppleness.
Leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable, non-plastic or non-porous container to prevent mildew and bacteria growth. If you have to store it in a garment bag, make sure to keep it open for ventilation.
Avoid at all costs:
- Harsh detergents, abrasive cleaners or solvents, as they may contain alcohol, turpentine and mineral spirits, which can pull the colour off leather.
- Prolonged and direct exposure to hot and humid weather.
- Putting too much mink oil or animal fats may darken the leather. Animal fat may also turn rancid, causing the leather and stitching to rot.
- Place leather near open fireplaces or room heaters. Let it air-dry naturally if you need to dry wet or damp leather.
- Waxes or silicone formulas as it will impair the leather's ability to "breathe".
- Sharp objects that may damage leather, such as shoe buckles and scissors.