Leather care in summer

Leather care in summer

We are fast approaching summer here Down Under and according to the weatherman, we are bracing for the hot weather as we could be expecting a hotter-than-average December! Whilst everyone is rushing for the pool, drinking cold beer or cider, you leather-lover might just be thinking about what to do with your thirst-deprived leather? Well, we have just the right tips for you to make sure that leather of yours stay well through this hot season!

Increase treatment frequency: Some regions in Australia can be drier with lower humidity, so make sure you increase the treatment of your leather as often as every four to six weeks depending on your usage of the leather piece.

Stay out of direct sunlight: Make sure that your leather (especially those in your car or your bag and shoes) stays out of direct sunlight as it can affect it to the point of dramatic fading and dryness and eventually cracking!

Don’t forget that suede: Brush that suede to restore its nap, remove dirt and grime. It’s that easy!

Careful storage of leather: There are so much you can do to keep that leather boots or jackets well during summer.

First, consider using a dehumidifier when the humidity in the house is high

Second, wrap your leather jacket or clothing in acid-free paper so that it can serve as a protection against moisture, dust and dirt. Most importantly keeping the shape.

Third, store leather in a breathable bag (not garbage bag please!) so that air is able to pass through it.

Fourth, store in a not too moist and not too dry place and avoid having it knocked around by other clothes or belongings you have.

So here you go, enjoy the coming summer!

Also in Leathertalk

Caring for exotic leather
Caring for exotic leather

Exotic leather such as alligator, snake and fish skins are gorgeous and can be harder to maintain, but not when you are armed with some good tips. Here's how.

View full article →

Do you own patent leather in your wardrobe?
Do you own patent leather in your wardrobe?

Is your patent leather real leather? And how to take care of them. Here's a quick look.

View full article →

Care for brand new leather shoes
Care for brand new leather shoes

People say that eyes are the window to one’s soul, but did you know that your shoes could also be the window to just about everything else that may represent you too?

View full article →

Care Guides

Make sure you're armed with the right advice to maximise the use of your leather cleaning and conditioning products, download your very own user guide below.

Apple Brand Leather Cleaner          
Apple Brand Leather Care (Conditioner)
Apple Garde Rain & Stain Repellent

Leather Milk No. 1 Conditioner
Leather Milk No. 2 Cleaner
Leather Milk No. 3 Water Protectant
Leather Milk No. 4 Car Conditioner
Leather Milk No. 5 Furniture Conditioner
Saphir Shoe Care Guide     
Saphir Ultimate Shine Guide

In the meantime, some general rules on leather care and protection.





1. Cleaning

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. 

General Leather Care Guide

2. Maintaining

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. 

3. Storage

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: