Common Leathercare Questions

To some, leather and shoe care may seem complex and daunting with all the options and products available at your disposal. But with a little bit more information and some steps, it can be as easy as ABC! At LittleLusso, we source for the most best leather care products, but also aims to provide tips and tricks for you.

On this page, you'll find a compilation of the frequently asked questions our customers have asked, so that you too can benefit from the answers we have here. 

So, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at info@littlelusso.com!

Leather Care 


How often do I need to use a leather conditioner?

This will largely depend on a few factors including (a) the type of leather you intend to treat (b) how are you using the leather and, (c) the climate of the place you live in. 

For example, fine leathers used in purses or bags may be applied monthly. In climates of high humidity or hot weather, the frequency of conditioning can be increased accordingly. 

Generally, apply a good conditioner on your leather item even before you start using it. It should also be done before the leather starts to display dry leather symptoms such as cracks and squeakiness on the surface. Always remember less is more, so use your leather conditioner sparingly to avoid overbuilding of conditioner within the leather fabric. 

How do I look after my sofa and other leather furniture?

We recommend a three-step process to ensure your leather furniture is kept in the best condition possible.

Note – The Leather Conditioner may darken the colour of the leather when first applied but usually lightens after a few hours once it has dried. As always test on an inconspicuous or hidden area of the sofa to ensure you are happy with the results

 

Shoe Care

 

When should I consider using neutral as opposed to a coloured shoe cream and wax polish?

The neutral option is a non-pigmented cream or wax that can be used on different coloured leather shoes as it does not provide any additional colouration. Neutral is recommended when your shoe has stitching of a different colour to the leather surface since a pigmented cream will discolour any of the material. However, if your shoes are scuffed or discoloured or aged, a coloured cream or wax matching that of your shoe will provide effective revitalisation and enrichment.

Why do I need a shoe cream polish?

Using a shoe cream polish will keep the leather in the best condition over the long term. It has the effect of keeping the leather moist and supple. A coloured shoe polish will also enrich the colour of the original leather and remove any discolouration and scuff marks. A wax polish can then be applied to add a glossy shine to the shoe and add a layer of protection from water and dirt.

We recommend Saphir Pommadier Shoe Polish as it contains roughly twice the pigments normally found in shoe creams. This is very effective in concealing scuffing and renewing the patina of your shoes, keeping them looking great for many years to come.

What’s the purpose of the horsehair brush in cleaning and polishing shoes?

The horse hair brush is used for two purposes; to remove dirt, mud or grease and also as a finisher after the cream or wax is applied to provide a consistent shine. We recommend that the brush be used only for a specific colour. It is best not to use the same brush with different colour cream and wax polishes to avoid colour transfer. The Cadillac shine kit is a cost-effective way to get started and should serve your needs for both shoe care and polishing.

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: