Ten tips to make your leather apparel or handbag last a long time6:00 AM
I've done a few posts/videos on how to care for your shoes and handbags and I mainly still use the same products. Now that it's becoming rainy season again, it's really important to remember to re-spray your leather and suede so that it's protected from the weather.
I do get a lot of questions regarding leather care and I'm really not an expert either so am always looking out for good tips. I recently got these leather care tips from Professional Leather Cleaners Association and thought they were helpful so wanted to pass them along. This is helpful for all your leather goods; clothes, shoes and handbags.
Leather ages gracefully and can last a lifetime with the proper care right from the start;
- Always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to maintain their shape. Use shoetrees in footwear and stuff empty handbags with tissue to help retain their shape.
- Never store leather goods in plastic or other non-breathable covers. This will cause leather to become dry.
- Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any direct heat source. Leather can be treated with a conditioner to restore flexibility while suede can be brushed with a terry towel to restore its look.
- In winter, promptly remove salt deposits from garments and footwear by sponging with water; follow with the above treatment for wet or damp leather.
- Avoid very humid and dry environments as well as direct sunlight.
- Do not use waxes, silicone products or other leather preparations that will impair a garment’s ability to breathe.
- Wrinkles should hang out. If ironing is desired, set iron on rayon setting, use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth on right side of the garment and a quick hand to prevent overheating and shine.
- Avoid spraying perfumes or hair sprays while wearing your garment and do not apply pins, adhesive badges or tape. Wearing a scarf at the neckline will help keep hair and body oil away from the collar.
- Hems may be fixed with a tiny amount of rubber cement. For best results, see a leather care professional.
- All products formulated for at-home use should be tested on an inconspicuous part of the garment.
Hopefully some of these tips help! I know how important it is since we tend to spend a good amount on our leather items so want to keep them looking great for a long time.
The products that I use and recommend are the Garde' Rain & Stain Repellant which does a great job of protecting from the rain. Just remember to re-spray your items every few months or so or depending on how bad the weather is when you took it out. And to keep it looking like new I use the Apple Brand - Leather Conditioner Care which I've used on most all my bags and shoes and it definitely cleans them up and keeps them pretty looking!
I did some research on The Purse Forum and it looks like a lot of the Chanel girls recommend the Meltonian Leather Lotion. I haven't used it myself yet but based on TPF recommendations it definitely seems like a good one to use as well.
This post is not sponsored, just thought it would be helpful!