Tips To Look After Your Leather

From notebooks to wallets, everyone wants to enjoy their leather CarveOn goods for a lifetime. Strong, durable, and resilient; no other material compares to leather but it’s important to look after it correctly. 

Follow our four simple tips to look after your leather goods and ensure they age gracefully over time. 

1:

If your leather gets wet, dry it

Should your leather get overly wet, simply dry it slowly. Speed drying creates a change to the chemical structure of leather. We recommend room temperature drying with gentle air currents rather than applying a direct heat source such as a hair-dryer or radiator.

2:

Dry leather is thirsty leather

If the leather begins to exhibit signs of desiccation just gently rub a light leather dressing or natural cream into it. We heartily recommend the Tandy Leather Factory's natural Eco-Flo Professional Conditioner Crème (or similar). Keep in mind that conditioning leather usually darkens it slightly. Don't worry, this is normal and should dry out. After applying simply allow it to dry and buff out with a lint-free cloth.

3:

If your leather gets dirty, clean it

If your leather gets dirty, clean it with a damp cloth preferably or alternatively use a mild castile soap/hand dishwashing liquid, diluted at least 1:10 (it should not be sudsy), and allow to dry before conditioning.

4:

Store your leather correctly

Natural products, such as leather, need to breathe; so we would advise not to wrap leather in plastic. Store leather in a space away from heat. 

Just like a fine wine, leather gets better with age. Over time, leather will begin to develop natural markings and slight changes in colour. These only add to your leathers uniqueness and character.  

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Leather Patina Explained

Leather is one of the few materials in the world that gets better over time. Like human skin, it shows age just like we do. This is what we refer to as Patina. Leather Patina is what makes full-grain leather stand apart from its
lessened peers. Leather patina is something that is developed from everyday use. From the scratches on your notebook to the marks on your wallet. It’s a process that cannot be replicated through artificial processes and takes years to develop naturally.

A number of factors contribute to how patina develops:
- Time
- Body oils
- Moisture in the air
- Sunlight
- Scratches
- Leather naturally oxidises

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