Leather ages like wine, the more years go by, the better, but this is only true when we give them the care they need. Leather is an animal skin treated by tanning, a chemical process through which hair, grease and everything that can decompose it is eliminated, while dyeing and treating depending on the use to be given. The result is a skin that retains collagen and flexibility.
If you are going to carry out a hydration or cleaning job on a leather garment, it is better to PROVE first in a LITTLE PERCEPTIBLE PLACE, so as not to strew it.
This is what you should do:
Hydrate (Napa Skin)
Our recommendation is that whenever you buy a leather garment you invest in products for your care, anyway, a good tip of the grandmothers is to put a little bodymilk or neutral hand cream evenly on your leather clothes and shoes to keep them moisturized.
Clean it (Napa Skin)
Leather and water are not very compatible. If you are going to clean your jackets, bags or leather shoes you should use a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt and then apply a special cleansing cream. Do not wait for them to get too dirty to clean them, because the excess of dirt can cause it to fade or dry out.
An advisable product for this process is the spray that is used to clean the furniture because it is made with natural waxes and, therefore, cleans and nourishes the leather.
Let it dry naturally.
If your shoes or jacket get wet do not put them in the sun. Let them dry in a place at room temperature, away from sources of direct heat. Avoid the urge to use your dryer to try to remove moisture. The change of temperatures modifies its chemical structure and can change its shape.
Move it away from the plastic
One thing that is often done, wrong, is to use plastic bags to keep our most valuable items in the closet. In the case of the leather is a bad idea. The plastic does not allow the skin to breathe and can generate mould. If you intend to keep it, put it in a special and ventilated place in the closet, preferably dark and dry, because sunlight and humidity can spoil it.
And it's not bad to cover it with an old cotton sheet to keep it intact for longer.
Click here to see the specific care if you have buckskin or nubuck leather, that is, plush surfaces that in turn have a greater sensitivity to sunlight, stains and discoloration. This type of leather should be taken care of with a special brush through circular movements and a cleaning product different from that used for smooth leather. It is best to protect it from dirt instead of removing it.
Yes and no in the care of leather
• Clean clothes and accessories that you usually use as a whole at the same time, because cleaning products can change the intensity of their colour.
• Alternate the use of your shoes and leather accessories to prolong their useful life. Using them every day accelerates the deterioration process.
• Take into account the care instructions that appear on the label of these products.
• Use a quilted hanger / hook as the leather adopts the way you put it.
• Fill your shoes with paper when you have them stored so they do not lose their shape and do not put anything on them.
• Do not use soap or regular cleaning products for the maintenance of your leather garments, just a damp cloth.
• Do not put any type of adhesive label on your leather jacket, that is to say, nothing that contains glue as you run the risk of altering the colour or damaging its surface.
• Do not let the perfumes and creams you use every day have direct contact with your leather garments.