Leather items are very popular around the globe. At any given point in time, the average consumer can be found wearing four pieces of leather. Fine leather goods make for great gifts and the apparel items are a good quality and look fantastic. Leather jackets have been popular since the public saw people like General Patton and James Dean wearing them.
The only downside to leather is that it is vulnerable to damage from the elements and oils that people have on their hands. There are things you can do to keep your fine leather goods looking the way they did when you first got them for as long as possible.
- Take time to waterproof your fine leather goods. You can buy products to treat your leather to protect it from water. There are products that act like water barriers. These creams and oils can be found at many supermarkets, pharmacies and stores that sell leather. There are different products that are made for the various kinds of leather out there. Make sure you get the right one.
- What you should do if your leather gets wet. There are some items that you can keep dry but there are some that will get wet. It is hard to keep leather briefcases for men or leather totes for women dry. If you find that you are out in the rain and your leather bag does get very wet, you need to take care when you dry it. Put it in a warm, dry spot. If you have radiators, put it near but never ON the radiator. Direct heat is bad for your leather items. To make sure your bag keeps its shape, take all of your belongings out of it and put something in to help it maintain the original shape. A dry towel works well.
- Keep your leather smelling great. If you want to freshen up the odor of your leather products, you have a number of options. Many fine leather goods have a special aroma but sometimes it can be overwhelming. For bags, you can use fabric fresheners such as Febreeze. Just a tiny bit of the freshener product. Spray the inside of your bag with a tiny bit, wait a day and if you need to add more, add a little more. You can also try baking powder. Put an open box in your bag (upright) and that can help or you can sprinkle a little of the powder in the bag. If you have leather shoes, putting some odor eaters in can do the job for you.
- Keep your vintage bags looking great. These fine leather goods can dry out over time. The best thing you can do is add a drop or two of rapeseed or vegetable oil. The manufacturer should offer some guidance in terms of which oil is best for your bag. If you have any leather bag that has dried out, talk to some leather specialists about what products you should use to condition and moisten them. Always test the product in an area that is out of sight before you use it on the entire thing.
- What can you do about scratches? Some fine leather goods come with scratches that make the items look unique and adds character. There are things you can do to reduce how they look, whether you got the items with the scratches or you accidentally scratched them yourself. A drop of rapeseed, baby or vegetable oil can help. Vaseline, saddle soap or boot polish can work wonders on treated leather, where the scratches always look out of place. Certain facial creams are also great for getting rid of scratches in leather.
- How you can deal with miscellaneous leather issues. If you wear dark clothing, take care that the dye not rub off on your leather items, it can be hard to remove. Also be extra careful when you use hand cream, it can stain your leather. For bags that will not be used for awhile, stuff them with towels so they keep their shape.
Fine leather goods are durable and versatile. With a little work, you can keep them looking great for a very long time.