5 PRO TIPS FOR GETTING LEATHER GOODS READY FOR WINTERS
Well crafted leather goods should last you a lifetime. But like anything else, leather goods need some love too, and the better you take care of the them the longer they will last.
Be it your favorite pair of leather boots, your precious briefcase or your college days biker leather jacket, all of the leather that we use was skin to an animal. Having said that, leather needs to be conditioned, cleaned and taken care of like your skin. Climatic conditions and humidity levels does make a huge difference to the longevity of the goods.
1. MOISTURIZE YOUR LEATHER GOODS AT REGULAR INTERVALS.
Just like we need cold creams and lotions to protect our skin from harsh winter dryness, similarly use leather creams, and balms to recondition leather and protect it from drying up and cracking. You should technically recondition leather once a month in winters to increase the life of the goods.
2. Let your goods soak in sunlight for a day.
Sunlight naturally takes out any dampness, excess moisture and kills the bacteria hiding beneath the surface of the goods which have been stored away for a long time. 3 hours of sunlight will be enough to do the job but do not overexpose the goods as it can result in color fading and dryness.
3. Remove fungus from leather using vinegar.
Leather goods stored for a long time tend to catch fungus & mold. Brush away the mold from the surface using a nylon brush. Apply an equal mix of water & vinegar on the side or hidden part of the leather to test for stains, if your leather type does not stain then use it all over the product using a cotton cloth.
4. Removing stains & scratches form the leather.
Vinegar - water mix and leather conditioners will take care of most stains and scratches but you can order some professional leather oils and creams made to remove scratches and stains. There are different types of leathers so it's very important to know and order a specific type of product for your leather type.
5. Keep away from extreme weather conditions.
Leather is a skin always wanting to re-hydrate itself to go back to its original form. It's very important to keep and store leather goods away from humid conditions and avoid too much temperature difference in a short span of time. Store the goods in a cotton bag to allow air to pass through.
All the pro tips will ensure that your leather goods stay with you for a long long time to come.
Have a happy fall.