Care Factor // 7 tips for keeping your leather looking new
Anyone with a basic understanding of fashion knows leathers are a staple wardrobe item. Though most of us are happy to dish out the dollars on our leather-made babies, when it comes to caring for them we… well… don’t.
But our cherished leathers deserve better. And once you realise how simple it is to give them the TLC they need, it won’t seem like such a chore. With these seven quick fixes up your sleeve, your leather will last a lifetime – just like it’s supposed to.
TIP 1 Treat your leathers to a decent surface protector. Good ones should be water-based and capable of repelling stains. Protectors only need to be applied on purchase and then every few months following.
TIP 2 Moisturise your leather every three months. This process rejuvenates the natural oils in the leather, keeping it soft and supple. Just be wary of over-doing it and never condition suede or metallic, patent and embossed finishes.
TIP 3 If your leather comes into contact with water (did you jump in the pool after too many champagnes?), place it flat on a towel and allow it to dry fully before you store it away. As tempting as it is, don’t try to speed up the process with the dryer.
TIP 4 Find a professional drycleaner that specialises in leather. If cared for, leathers should only need a professional clean once a year to restore condition and colour, so it’s well worth finding someone who will do the job properly.
TIP 5 If a quick-fix is all you’re after, a damp cloth will easily remove dirt if patted gently on problem areas.
TIP 6 Never underestimate the power of good storage when it comes to your leathers. Jackets should be hung on well-shaped hangers (no nasty wire varieties, please) for shape maintenance and bottoms should be neatly folded. All leather should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat.
TIP 7 If you decide to treat your leather to a holiday, make sure it travels first class (i.e. in a cloth bag that allows it to breathe).