How To Care For Leather
When it comes to enduring style, leather is a wardrobe staple – one that’s timeless and classic. And thanks to its natural properties, it lives up to its lasting appeal – strong, water-repellent and repairable, with proper care, that is. The good news is, it’s not too hard to keep your leather clothes in great condition and help them to age gracefully.
Nourish and Protect
Leather, like our skin, needs hydration to maintain its suppleness and prevent cracking. Regular conditioning is crucial to keep your leather items looking their best. Choose a high-quality leather conditioner, our recommendation is Saphir’s Smooth Leather Mink Oil Lotion. Apply it thin using a soft cloth and let it absorb for a few hours before seeing your piece bounce back to brand new.
Avoid Getting it Wet
While leather is naturally durable, you wouldn’t want to step out in a storm wearing your finest piece. If you do get exposed to the elements (often the case when living in Melbourne), don’t panic – always make sure to let your leather pieces dry before putting them away. For a little extra protection, consider applying a waterproofing spray or wax. Remember to spot test the product before applying it to the entire garment.
Use Padded Hangers, Please
Try not to fold your leather clothes. When folded, the leather’s patina can become damaged, creased or discoloured. Instead, use padded hangers and place them in breathable garment bags (cloth is a good option) to help maintain their shape and look. Make sure it's placed away from direct sunlight and taken out every so often to get some air.
Cleaning leather is a delicate process that requires a gentle touch. Always be sure to remove any dust or debris with a soft dry cloth before beginning the cleaning process. For a light cleanup or to remove superficial stains, dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe down the leather. For particularly valuable pieces or harsh stains, it’s best to leave it to the experts (to minimise damage and regret!).