How to Care for your Leather

Here at Bas and Lokes, we frequently have customers asking us how they can look after their leather accessories in order to keep them in pristine condition.

So, we’ve decided to compile a list of leather care tips for you guys, so that you can get the most out of your purchases.

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  • Leather isn’t Waterproof

Firstly, leather isn’t waterproof, it’s a porous, natural material. Although the occasional splash is unlikely to cause significant damage, it’s best to avoid rain, excessive sweating and aftershaves/perfumes around your favorite leathers. If you do accidentally soak your favorite wallet, dry it slowly! Fast trying will wrinkle the leather up irreversibly!

  • Natural Undyed, Vegetable Tanned Leather

If you want to darken and accelerate the aging process of this type of leather, you may wish to apply a few light coats of neatseed oil and leave it to dry. Alternatively, you can leave it out in the sun for a few hours, and it will tan! Much like our skin does. 

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  • Leather Doesn’t Stretch Well!

Indeed guys, leather stretches, but it doesn’t shrink back to normal like other materials. Be wary of this when you’re stuffing your wallet or bag! Once the leather is stretched, the accessory will become mishapen, not a great look.

  • Cleaning Leather

If your wallet, watch strap, bag etc begin to look dirty.  You can sponge them down with a damp cloth or sponge. You may want to use a small amount of saddle soap, or a similar product. Ensure that you condition the leather afterwards in order to restore any moisture lost during the cleaning process.

  • Cleaning Your Blue Suede Shoes

Suede is very delicate, it was fit for the king himself, but you must ensure you clean it properly!

To remove lint, dust and dirt from your suede, use a soft and clean brush/toothbrush and lightly brush over the surface of the material to remove debris. Do not expose to water, excessive sweat or perfumes as stains from these cannot be removed from suede. Lightly spray with a suede protector to help keep it from getting too dirty.

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Feel free to leave comments with some of your own leather after care tips for our readers to use and share!

Wishing you all a great week!

Bas and Lokes

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