Leather is a natural material that has always symbolized quality and luxury. It is timeless, fragrant, and products made from it are of incomparably higher quality than from leatherette and other leather alternatives. However, in spite of all itsqualities, we must keep in mind that it is not indestructible. All leather products have a life span which is dependent on many factors.
Leather is a material that changes overtime. It can slightly loosen up, react to the way you treat and carry it, or gain a unique patina. If you want your leather products to last, you should learn how to take care of them properly. Please, pay close attention to the following recommendations to ensure that your leather handbag, belt or cosmetic bag will remain in top quality for as long as possible.
As they say, prevention is better than cure, and the same applies to leather. It is important to make sure that leather products won’t be exposed to rain, snow, or high temperatures for long periods of time, as well as to protect them from scratching, staining and other forms of damage.
Basic rules of caring for leather products
• Do not use perfumed cleaning agents on your leather items.They could get into its pores and leave uncleansable stains.
• Do not expose leather items to direct sunlight for long periods of time, as it may cause fading.
• If the product gets in contact with water, gently wipe it with a clean cloth and leave to dry naturally. Never dry your leather items near a heat source.
• If you need to store your leather item for a longer time period, it is recommended to store it in a dust-proof bag or container – like the ones you received it in.
• If your leather product gets too dirty, take it to specialized leather cleaners. Do not use any chemical agents or diluents, as they could damage the leather’s surfacing.
• Even though leather is a durable material, it is necessary to treat all types of handbags according to their purpose, to prevent them from stretching. We can divide bags into the following types: satchels,which can carry the most weight; regular day-to-day handbags; and special-occasion purses with delicate metal components, not meant for storing heavier items. If you overload a handbag on regular basis, the leather can stretch, or some of the metal components might break. These types of damage are mechanical, so the warranty does not apply to them.
Treating products made from all kinds of leather except for velour (suede)
All the leathers we use have surfacing - they are either colored, varnished, or printed. That is why we do not recommend cleaning them with products meant for other leather items (like shoes) – they could damage the top layers of the surfacing. For cleaning small ordinary stains, we recommend wiping the item with a damp cloth. Damping it in water or a mild soap solution will suffice. Do not dunk your leather products in water, nor machine-wash them under any circumstances.
Treating products made from velour (suede)
Velour, also known as suede, is a type of leather which has been abraded from the outer side. The process made it softer, but also more prone to staining, and thus requires greater care and gentler handling. I recommend impregnating suede handbags with products designated for suede; it will protect them from soaking up water. If you already have water drops dried on your bag, I recommend gentlybrushing them out with a toothbrush from all sides. If your handbag has greasy stains, put chalk powder on them, let it sit for 24 hours, and then brush it off gently. The chalk powder should absorb the grease. Repeat the process if needed.