Every leather has a tale. Choosing the right leather for the right situation is essential. All types of leather are different, some will have inherent treatments, others will be very natural and more prone to markings and stains.
Remember, leather is skin, there is natural moisture within the hide and some leathers even have a natural barrier built into them, care will vary upon the type of leather. Regular conditioning of the leather will keep its moisture level at equilibrium, ensuring a long life as leather will wear in rather than wear out.
Since leather is inherently resilient and durable, it requires very little care and maintenance with normal day to day use. Dusting regularly with a dry cloth is your first line of defence which will keep dust at bay and from extracting moisture, causing the leather to dry out.
As a natural product, leather will fade. It is best to keep leather out of direct sunlight where possible. This will help the colour last longer.
In the case of spills, any liquid should be removed immediately with an absorbent cloth and allowed to air dry. For more stubborn stains, different types of leather may require an alternative approach. Please see our guide below:
The best first step is to blot the spill with a dry cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible and avoid rubbing as this can press the satin into the leather or even spread the stain further. If persistent:
• Using a non-alkaline soap (such as a gentle face wash) with a damp cloth may help remove additional dirt. The area may become dark with moisture; allow the area to dry before repeating.
• Do not apply liquid directly to the leather.
• In certain cases, it may not be possible to remove all stains.
Due to the natural finish of aniline leather, scratches will happen. These are part of the life cycle of the leather, however for obvious scratches use the heat of your hand or a gentle hair dryer to smooth the scratch out. The natural waxes and oils in the leather will pull to the surface, allowing the scratch to fade back, building a beautiful patina.
These leathers will be more resistant to spills and markings. Dusting with a soft dry cloth to keep dust away. For any spills, gently wipe soiled areas with a damp cloth.
Should the spill not disappear, clean with circular motion using light to moderate pressure using a non-alkaline soap (such as a gentle face wash) with a damp cloth may help remove additional dirt. Allow the area to dry before repeating.
Suede & Nubuck
It is best to compare these to a pair of suede shoes. They will wear and gather dirt due to the finish. Many of our suedes and nubucks are drum treated for water repellency and can be maintained with reasonable care, such as occasional vacuuming with a soft brush attachment.
For any spills or soiling, we advise immediate attention by blotting the stain with an absorbent dry cloth. If the soiling remains, a minimally damp cloth can be used to dab.
Hair on Hide (HOH)
All hides should be vacuumed for regular upkeep. Always vacuum with the direction of the hair.
For any spills or soiling, we advise immediate attention by blotting the stain with an absorbent dry cloth. If the soiling remains, use a damp sponge to gently rub the affected area. Allow to air dry before repeating.
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