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Leather Care

Just like you and me, leather needs to be maintained in order to age gracefully and last many years. Here's a little guide to help you care for your handmade leather goods.

CARING FOR YOUR LEATHER

Keep leather out of direct heat and sunlight for prolonged periods of time so it doesn’t dry out, crack or fade unevenly. Moisturise/condition it every six months (Google 'leather moisturiser' and you will find many good options).

Leather has pores so cannot be fully waterproofed but you can make it water resistant with a spray (again, can be easily found by Googling 'leather water resistant spray'), which leaves a fine protective film on the surface. Re-spray every few months and try to avoid heavy rain as big raindrops can make splotches that may not fade entirely.

TREATING IT WELL
  • If your leather gets wet, pat dry with paper towels, pack loosely with paper and let it air dry (do not apply more heat)
  • If the leather becomes dry, use leather conditioner to moisturise it
  • You will find that vegetable-tanned leather changes with time, just like everything else in nature. As leather ages the finish may flatten out and marks may appear as the unique patina develops. This is the sign of well-loved leather that is taking on a character of its own

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