Leather Care & Treatment Tips
Uscha Leather Care Tips
The beauty in working with leather is that just like you and me, over time we all change. Because the leather we use is all natural we have a few leather care tips in order for your personal leather purchase to be ready to handle everything you are while changing day by day into a more beautiful and personal piece that reflects the story of your journey.
Not only does regular care of your leather accessories help protect them from the elements but it also helps to soften, condition and keep the natural shine of leather. From oils, creams, paints, tints and waxes there are many off the shelf products that work to maintain or restore the quality of leather.
From our experience the best bet to keeping your leather in top shape is to use natural products like beeswax. Beeswax helps to create a barrier against things like rain, dirt, snow and sand from damaging the appearance of leather. You can apply beeswax to your leather either by rubbing pure beeswax onto a cloth and rubbing the cloth in small circles across the leather.
If you are more of the DIY type you can also make a beeswax mixture heating up a natural oil of your choice such as almond oil, coconut butter or neatsfoot oil along with the beeswax. Once it’s been mixed and cooled you can apply it in the same manner as pure beeswax.
Make sure that before apply anything to leather that it is dry. Otherwise sealed in water can damage the appearance of your leather. Also take care to apply the wax over any visible stitching as it will help insure a longer life of the stiches, keeping your leather in one piece.
Wet Leather Care
Leather is a living, breathing thing so proper care when wet is important for both the look and shape of your leather. When rubbed with beeswax or other sealants your leather is protected from water here and there but if you find yourself in a monsoon of water there are a few things you can do to keep your leather intact.
It may be tempting to dry your leather with anything from hair dryers, portable heaters or built n heaters but hot temperatures, leather and water combine to change the chemical structure of leather.
The best option is to let the leather breathe at room temperature with soft air like an oscillating fan at low speeds. Leather can also stretch in these conditions, and once stretched it stays that way. So don’t keep items in unique leather satchels and bags and hang jackets and coats over chairs to help keep their shape.
We hope these few tips will help you take already beautiful handmade leather goods and, over time, turn them into unique, one of a kind pieces that you can enjoy for years.