In our last post, we talked about how to treat and remove stains in leather.
Today, we bring you some additional tips to help prolong the beauty of your bag.
- Stuff empty soft bags with tissues to retain their shape.
- Do not store leather goods in plastic bags or other non-porous covers.
- Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry, far away from sources of heat.
- When leather is nearly dry, apply a little bit of conditioner. This restores flexibility.
- To prevent mildew, keep leather away from excessive humidity. In a dry environment, condition regularly to prevent drying out and cracking.
- Do not use wax, silicone formulas, or solutions made of chemicals that inhibit leather from breathing.
- Never use caustic household chemicals or leather solutions that contain alcohol. Avoid turpentine and mineral spirits as they can pull color out from leather.
- Keep oils and animal fats far, far away–they can permanently darken leather. Animal fats also rot, causing whatever surface it’s on to rot with it.