How to take care of leather goods
Natural leather is one of the oldest natural materials that man has learned to process and use in the manufacture of various useful in everyday life items: shoes, bags, wallets, belts, gloves and much more. Flexibility, durability, convenience in work, beauty - these are the properties that make the skin so popular. And despite the fact that scientists have long invented a substitute for leather, it can not compare with natural raw materials, and high-quality stylish accessories are most often made of real leather. This material requires some attention - and today we will give some tips on how to take care of leather products.
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To begin with, a few general recommendations:
- If the product gets wet - in the rain, for example - do not dry it at heaters, batteries or with a hair dryer - allow it to dry naturally at room temperature;
- Do not leave the leather item in the sun for a long time - the surface will inevitably burn out;
- Store leather bags in woven, airtight bags that are usually sold with bags - never in a plastic bag;
- - If the skin is dirty, try to use as little water, soap and other cleaning products as possible during cleaning. If you can do without them, just use a dry cloth;
- Remove stains as soon as possible before dirt penetrates deep into the skin pores;
- Do not overload leather bags and wallets - the skin stretches and loses its shape, especially if it is wet: it is often very difficult to get back in shape;
- Sharp and angular hard objects can damage your bag. Be careful - use cases, pouches, collars, etc;
- Despite the fact that natural skin is soaked in all kinds of fats, wax, etc. during the production process, it still needs nutrition from time to time. If you notice that the surface starts to dry out, apply a special cream based on beeswax or conventional cosmetic face or hand cream.
In the process of use, the skin will gradually be wiped, dressed and scratched. There are two ways: to restore the original appearance, that is, to keep the item in a new state, or let it naturally age, which is often the preferred option, as some bags, wallets and belts can age very nicely.
For example, you can safely ignore small abrasions or scratches on bags of this type:
Petty traces of use will only give these things a unique charm and fill with life.
The second option is preferred not only for everyday accessories in militaristic style, but often if you like the vintage look of the product, and business bags and briefcases.
If you choose the second option, you only need to occasionally nourish your skin with quality creams.
If you're closer to the first path and the perfect look of the accessory is important to you, you'll need to equip yourself with some means to get rid of defects on the surface.
The first means which we would recommend, is a liquid skin of French firm Saphir - Creme Renovatrice.
It should be used if you plan to eliminate imperfections in the upper layer of the skin, i.e. local scuffs or scratches (including deep ones). This product is not suitable for repainting the product or repairing skin tears.
How do I use it? Apply to a sponge or finger. Wipe away the damaged area. Wait until the product has dried up, about 15-20 minutes. Then rub with a rag or cloth. If there is any roughness left, excess liquid skin can be gently removed with very fine sandpaper. To conceal the boundaries between the area to be restored and the rest of the skin, use a tinting cream.
Aniline leather is worth mentioning separately. This type of leather has virtually no protective coating. Such leather is beautiful and the whole natural structure can be seen on it. At the same time, it is very delicate and requires special attention to itself. Products made of it may look like this:
How do you determine what kind of leather your product is made of? Drop on the surface with plain water: if water is absorbed quickly, penetrating deep into the skin and leaving a dark spot, it is aniline leather.
To tint or completely repaint aniline leather products, a penetrating dye is required:
If a drop of water is not absorbed but remains on the surface, the skin is coated. In this case, use surface-type paints or liquid leather.
Of course, if you do not want to take the risk not to spoil your favorite thing, and are not ready to engage in restoration, let alone repair, it is always possible to trust professionals and take the leather product in the workshop.