Caring for exotic leather
We often heard of the term “exotic leather”, what are they?
Well, it’s a term that is used to loosely describe all other leather that is not made from cowhide. Some of the most common exotic leather can include snakeskin, fish, alligator, and the list goes on.
So, let’s talk about some of those that seems to be a little more “scaly” on the surface and how we can make sure that it will stay as gorgeous as it could for a long time to come.
Such ‘scaly” leather though is good to look at can be quite fragile if not given the right type of treatment and care as well as protection. The potential damage can range from colour run, stains to water damage. And, here are some quick tips and tricks to get you going:
- Keep it out of moisture as much as possible.
- Do not leave or place it under the sun, or anything that radiates heat.
- Wipe it off with a dry gentle cloth if it gets wet.
- Remember to wipe or clean the leather in the direction of the scales.
- Regular cleaning and conditioning it with the right products with suitable pH level.
- Remember: a little of solution can go a long way on your exotic leather article.
- Always test the cleaning or conditioning solution on a discrete part of the leather before applying it full-scale.
- Use the right water protector to shield it from extreme water exposure.
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In the meantime, some general rules on leather care and protection.
Regular leather cleaning prevents the build-up of dust, dirt, mildew and bacteria. Use your clean fingertip to gently rub out the scratch as the natural oils from your skin will remove most small scratches. To remove dirt, grime or surface residue, use a soft damp cloth. Gently rub for removal. For a deeper clean, use a cleaner to help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them. Cleaning is an irreversible process and therefore, thorough consideration should be made before any such attempt. Do not use coloured rags that are not dye-colourfast as the dye may come off onto your leather.
Leather, like our skins, loses suppleness in time if it is not provided with regular nourishment. Use a wax-free leather conditioner that will work on nourishing and restoring the flexibility and suppleness of your leather article. To waterproof your leather, protect it with a layer of "guard" while maintaining the leather's breathability.
Leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable, non-plastic or non-porous container, to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria. If you have to store it in a garment bag, make sure to keep it open for ventilation.
Avoid at all cost:
- Harsh detergents, abrasive cleaners or solvents as they may contain alcohol, turpentine and minerals spirits and can pull the colour off leather.
- Prolonged and direct exposure of leather to hot and humid weather.
- Putting too much mink oil or animal fats may darken the leather. Animal fat may also turn rancid, causing the leather and stitching to rot.
- Place leather near open fireplaces or room heaters. If need to dry wet or damp leather, let it air-dry naturally.
- Waxes or silicone formulas as it will impair the leather's ability to "breathe".
- Sharp objects that may damage leather such as shoe buckles, scissors.