Tips To Look After Your Leather
Ensure a lifetime of enjoyment with your CarveOn leather goods, from notebooks to wallets, by properly caring for them. Leather is known for its strength, durability, and resilience, but proper maintenance is key to maintaining its appearance over time. Follow our four easy tips for caring for your leather items and watch them age gracefully.
If your leather gets wet, dry it
If your leather gets wet, dry it slowly using room temperature and gentle air currents. Avoid using direct heat sources like a hair-dryer or radiator as it can change the chemical structure of the leather
Dry leather is thirsty leather
To revive dry leather, gently massage a light leather dressing or natural cream into it. A good option is Tandy Leather Factory's Eco-Flo Professional Conditioner Crème. Keep in mind that conditioning can cause the leather to darken slightly, but this is normal and will fade as it dries. Allow the leather to dry completely before buffing it with a lint-free cloth.
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.
Store your leather correctly
Leather is a natural product that needs air to maintain its quality. Avoid wrapping it in plastic and store it in a cool, dry place.
As time goes on, leather will develop unique markings and slight colour changes which add to its character and beauty, similar to a fine wine that improves with age.
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:
- Body oils
- Moisture in the air
- Leather naturally oxidises