Common Leathercare Questions
To some, leather and shoe care may seem complex and daunting with all the options and products available at your disposal. But with a little bit more information and some steps, it can be as easy as ABC! At LittleLusso, we source for the
On this page, you'll find a compilation of the frequently asked questions our customers have
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How often do I need to use a leather conditioner?
This will largely depend on a few factors including (a) the type of leather you intend to treat (b) how are you using the leather and, (c) the climate of the place you live in.
For example, fine leathers used in purses or bags may be applied monthly. In climates of high humidity or hot weather, the frequency of conditioning can be increased accordingly.
Generally, apply a good conditioner on your leather item even before you start using it. It should also be done before the leather starts to display dry leather symptoms such as cracks and squeakiness on the surface. Always remember less is more, so use your leather conditioner sparingly to avoid overbuilding of conditioner within the leather fabric.
How do I look after my sofa and other leather furniture?
We recommend a three-step process to ensure your leather furniture is kept in the best condition possible.
- Vacuum the furniture regularly or consider using a lint roller to remove any pet hair or surface crumbs, etc.
- Wipe the surface with a damp (not wet) cloth and use a good leather cleaner to remove any stains or remaining dirt, if required.
- Apply a leather conditioner to nourish the leather and keep it supple. We recommend Chamberlain’s Leather Milk No. 5 Furniture Conditioner but other options such as Chamberlain’s Leather Milk No. 1 Leather Conditioner, Leather Honey Conditioner and Apple Leather Care Conditioner will also produce good results.
Note – The Leather Conditioner may darken the colour of the leather when first applied but usually lightens after a few hours once it has dried. As
When should I consider using neutral as opposed to a coloured shoe cream and wax polish?
The neutral option is a non-pigmented cream or wax that can be used on different coloured leather shoes as it does not provide any additional colouration. Neutral is recommended when your shoe has stitching of a different colour to the leather surface since a pigmented cream will discolour any of the material. However, if your shoes are scuffed or discoloured or aged, a coloured cream or wax matching that of your shoe will provide effective revitalisation and enrichment.
Why do I need a shoe cream polish?
Using a shoe cream polish will keep the leather in the best condition over the long term. It has the effect of keeping the leather moist and supple. A coloured shoe polish will also enrich the colour of the original leather and remove any discolouration and scuff marks. A wax polish can then be applied to add a glossy shine to the shoe and add a layer of protection from water and dirt.
We recommend Saphir Pommadier Shoe Polish as it contains roughly twice the pigments normally found in shoe creams. This is very effective in concealing scuffing and renewing the patina of your shoes, keeping them looking great for many years to come.
What’s the purpose of the horsehair brush in cleaning and polishing shoes?
The horse hair brush is used for two purposes; to remove dirt, mud or grease and also as a finisher after the cream or wax is applied to provide a consistent shine. We recommend that the brush be used only for a specific colour. It is best not to use the same brush with different colour cream and wax polishes to avoid colour transfer. The Cadillac shine kit is a cost-effective way to get started and should serve your needs for both shoe care and polishing.