Leather Care

Taking care of your leather product is very important. With the correct care, cleaning and storage, any top quality leather item will withstand both time and wear and you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

Cleaning and repairs

We strongly recommend you take your leather goods to a reputable, professional leather dry cleaning facility. A regular dry cleaner won’t do the job well, unless they specify that they offer leather goods servicing. Essential oils are removed during the cleaning process and can only be restored professional leather cleaners.

Basic leather care

Avoid over cleaning. Using a soft brush, gently brush to garment to remove any dust. Regular airing outside, away from the direct sunshine, will generally refresh your garment and eliminate any odour.
Most surface dirt and winter salt on leather will simply wipe off with a clean damp cloth or babywipe. If you decide to use an at-home leather-cleaning product on other stains, we recommend you test it on an inconspicuous part of the garment first. Once the item is dry you may apply a little conditioner or saddle soap to prevent leather from drying and cracking (do it especially in a dry environment).
Be gentle. Do not attempt to spot clean with household cleaners, creams or soaps. These will strip away the Leathers natural lubricating oils, and leave it vulnerable to bacteria, tarnishing and cracking, as well as possibly breaking down the stitching. Remember you can simply spot clean the lining of your garment also, and avoid the leather entirely.
In case of extreme soiling or stains, we suggest you contact a specialty cleaner.

Storing

Store your leather goods in a moderate environment, where air can circulate, making sure to keep items out of direct sunlight. To prevent mildew, protect leather from excessive humidity.
To help maintain shape, you’ll want to hang leather clothing on wide or padded hangers. Never store leather goods in covers made of plastic or other non-breathable materials, they can promote mold and mildew. Remove drycleaning plastic bags immediately upon collection from cleaners.

Drying

In the event that your leather garment does get wet, it’s best to hang it to dry on a padded or well-shaped wooden hanger (never use wire hangers for your leather garments). Do not attempt to speed up the drying process.
It is a good idea to try and protect your jacket from heavy downfalls of rain where possible. Once leather gets wet, the natural oils in the material seep to the surface. When things heat up the oils can evaporate, leaving you with a jacket that’s dry and brittle. The best way to prevent water from ruining your jacket is to give it some extra protection. A good leather conditioner will make your jacket more water resistant, as well as keeping the leather strong and looking like new.

Polishing

Polishing is done for special occasions when you want a more glossy finish on your leather. There are a couple things to be wary of when purchasing a polishing agent. Some products contain coloring factors that will brush off on things you come in contact with. Some products also have a tendency to clog the pores in leather or dry leather out. Be sure to test out the product on a small area and when ready, buff to a shine.

Ironing

Wrinkles in leather tend to “hang out” if you leave the garment on a quality, padded hanger. For more heavy-duty wrinkles, we strongly recommend you take your leather garments to a professional leather cleaner. If you decide to do it at home, set your iron on the rayon (lowest) setting, use a pressing cloth over the garment, and iron quickly to avoid overheating and shine.

General rules

Doing any of the following will damage or remove the proofing and may void the garment’s warranty:

  • do not dry clean
  • do not machine wash
  • do not tumble dry
  • do not expose to a direct flame
  • do not force dry (keep away from high heat sources such as blow dryers and radiators)
  • do not expose to direct sunlight for a long period of time (such as rear car window)
  • do not starch
  • do not use soap, detergent of any kind and caustic household chemicals to clean leather
  • do not use solvents or bleach
  • do not use leather care products that contain petroleum, mineral oils, waxes, silicone or other leather preparations that will impair the ability of the leather to breathe
  • do not use leather care products that contain alcohol, turpentine and mineral spirits which can cause colors to fade or bleed
  • do not use oils or other animal wich can darken leather; these can also turn rancid causing the leather to rot
    try to avoid oils from your body and hair, perfumes and hairspray, coming into contact with your leather or suede pieces