Leather Care

Leather Care

Information regarding all Leather Products:

Leather is a natural product, each different type of skin reacts in a different way to eachand every treatment. Whilst we only make our accessories from the finest quality Leathers, we can not, and do not, guarantee the results that you will achieve when applying leather cleaning, care and protection products.

Always test the cleaner/polish you have chosen to use in a small un-obtrusive area before undertaking the job.

Always follow the manufacturers instructions.

Opt for a high quality cleaner and conditioner eg Fiebings.

Your leather will darken over time with cleaning and use. It is impossible to maintain the original pristine finish of your newly purchased bag/belt. However, that is the beauty of veg tanned full grain leathers. So allow your leather age handsomely and naturally.

Quality leather goods should be stored in a cool dry but breathable  environment (plastic boxes are not suitable), and away from direct sunlight. Bags are always better stored with some stuffing when not in use (it will keep its shape better).

Unfortunately ink or acidic stains will not come out so be careful where you place your bag Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives on the leather.

Full Grain Veg Tanned Leather

• Clean spills from leather as soon as possible. To remove spilt liquid, simply use a damp soft cloth and carefully wipe the liquid away. Always allow leather to dry naturally.

• If the bag needs further cleaning, dip a soft cloth in a cup of warm water to dampen it, then dip the cloth into a tin of saddle soap or leather cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner you use is designed for full-grain leather products.

• Rub the cleaner or saddle soap into the full-grain leather thoroughly to remove set in dirt and soften the hide. Allow the leather cleaner or saddle soap to dry, then use a soft dry cloth to wipe away the excess.

• Once you have allowed your vegetable-tanned leather to dry, you may apply a

protectant to keep it waterproof and protected from dirt and other damage. Always use a conditioner that is designed specifically for full-grain leather as it is designed to seal the leather while still allowing it to breathe.

Top Grain Leather

• Clean spills from leather as soon as possible. To remove spilt liquid, simply use a damp soft cloth and carefully wipe the liquid away. Always allow leather to dry naturally.

• mix a small amount of mild liquid soap to warm water and use a soft  damp cloth to wipe away any dirt from the outside of your handbag.

• Work with the grain of the leather

• If your bag needs further cleaning, use a professional cleaning agent for the job (remember to do a test patch first, somewhere unobtrusive).

• Use a high quality leather conditioner to help protect and condition your bag apply with a soft clean cloth and follow manufacturers instructions.

Patent Leather

• Dampen a soft cloth with very little water and a tiny bit of mild soap.

• Wipe down the outside of the patent leather with the damp soapy cloth.

• Dry the patent leather with a soft polishing cloth.Let the item dry at room

temperature for approximately 24 hours.

• Polish the patent leather with saddle soap and apply leather conditioner.

• Pigskin leathers should be treated with a silicone preparation to protect them.

• Minor contamination on all grain leathers can frequently be removed by gentle rubbing with a soft India rubber eraser.

Suede Leather

• Brush regularly with a soft suede brush or rub gently with a plastic foam block.

• Minor stains and marks may be removed with a hard rubber eraser, or by touching up the surface with a fine emery paper.

• The leather should retain its colour and appearance if it is regularly treated with a fluorocarbon aerosol spray product. These make the leather water repellent, and offer protection from grease and dust.

• There is a wide range of suede cleaning and colouring products on the market, and these will give excellent results – provided that the product manufacturers’ recommendations are strictly observed.

Haircalf (Hair on Hide) Leather

The care of Haircalf is pretty simple.

• Don’t get gum or oil on it and you can pretty much clean it nicely with a dry cloth.

• If you get something on it, use a slightly damp cloth but then dry it with a dry cloth immediately after. Always go with the grain of the hair!

• It can also be sprayed with the same silicone spray for suede.