Leather & Suede Handmade Goods
How To Care for Leather Products
Care for leather and suede! Know how to protect your leather products with tips from Margaret Dick.
If you leave leather in full sun it will fade, in a very dry atmosphere it will dry and possibly crack and in a damp cupboard it will go mouldy so please avoid doing these things! If your leather product gets soaked on a long rainy walk treat it like you would a good pair of leather shoes, unbuckle all straps pack gently with scrunched up newspaper (undyed tissue paper for light coloured items) and leave in a well ventilated place to dry naturally please never ever force dry leather or suede.
In normal use very little maintenance will be required. If it gets a little dirty or to remove a stain use saddle soap on leather and a suede cleaner on suede, never use detergent!
You might want to give the leather a bit of a polish up from time to time a neutral shoe polish applied sparingly and buffed up well is as good as anything but there are plenty products available, opt for one with a high beeswax content and avoid oil or dubin unless it is a piece of workwear which is out in all the elements and has a very hard life. If the leather has gotten a wee bit scuffed use the appropriate coloured shoe polish but take care to buff up really well so that no residue transfers to your clothes.
Contact: Margaret J Dick,T/a John J Dick Leather Goods, Lochgelly, Fife, KY5 0AU 01582 784 278