Storing leather correctly is the most important thing you can do to keep it in its best condition. Try to avoid storing where there is excessive dryness or humidity. If leather goods are to be wrapped, use acid free tissue paper.
Storage of leather items in plastic containers isn't advisable because this can lead to discolouration of the leather.
Looking after your leather:
While leather looks better as time goes on, from time to time accidents happen and you might need to clean your leather. Here’s a simple guide to doing it the right way:
- Using something gentle like Baby Shampoo or soap flakes, make a warm soapy solution and apply it to the area you want to clean
- Rub the lather into the dirty area and when you can see that it looks clean, wipe away the excess lather with a different, clean, soft cloth
- Using warm water, give the leather a rinse
- Pat the leather dry with a clean towel
- Lay the leather flat and allow to dry in a warm place, but out of direct sunlight or near a strong heat source like a fire, or heater
Conditioning your leather:
There are literally hundreds of leather conditioners on the market, so make sure the one you choose it suitable for your kind of leather. Once you’ve got your conditioner follow these simple steps:
- Find a lint free cloth (microfiber is ideal) and make it damp
- Apply the conditioner to the damp cloth NOT directly onto the leather
- Rub the conditioner into the nap or the lie of the leather until it’s all covered
- Wait 30 minutes and repeat as necessary, the more you condition it the softer it will get.
It’s much better to do several smaller applications of conditioner than one heavy one.