Cold air, damp floors, and heavy traffic. It’s that time of the year again. Thankfully, we have umbrellas to keep us dry. If only we could have umbrellas for everything. We’d never have to worry about our beloved material possessions, especially expensive ones like leather. In fact, leather is extra vulnerable in the rainy season. Here’s why:
This is what leather looks like after it was soaked in water. It leaves stains and spots, cracks, and several leather pieces lose its flexibility. Leather acts like a sponge when in contact with water. It soaks it up which may cause it to break down prematurely. Despite it being known as strong and durable, leather has a kryptonite: moisture.
So if you don’t want your leather items to look like the photo above, know how to take care of them properly. Here are a few hacks:
If you’re planning to go out and its wet outside;
Before you head out in the rain, waterproof all your leather items. Use a leather lotion and apply it using a soft cloth onto the leather. This protects it from soaking the water and moisture. Spray water and stain repellant after. Reapply every 2-3 months.
If the leather has already been wet;
Dry it with a soft, lint-free towel and gently dab the water off. It’s important to remember that leather is fragile when touched by water, so don’t wipe it! Wiping will only rub the moisture further in. After doing so, leave it to dry in room temperature.
After being exposed to water and moisture, leather becomes limp and weak. Stuff newspapers in your leather items to sustain the shape. Newspapers also help in reducing moisture, so it’ll be easier to dry your damp leather items.
3. AVOID USING HEAT
Leather is not designed to tolerate direct heat. Too much heat can cause the leather item to shrink. So unless you purposely want it to get smaller, its best to keep them in room temperature.
Being exposed to water and moisture can leave stains and spots on leather. Remove them with leather cleaners. Spray it on the affected areas and lightly dab it on the leather.
After being dried and cleaned, the texture of the leather also becomes rough and wrinkly. This may induce cracks and damage the leather. To avoid this, use a leather conditioner. It acts as a lubricant and also a protection from water. Make sure that the item is completely dry before applying
Maintenance and treatment for leather items is a necessity. Either may harm the leather if not done correctly, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Visit a Doctor Leather branch near you. Hurry, before it starts pouring!