Compliance with the conditions of leather products is very important if you want them to serve you long and faithfully.
Leather products must be protected from heavy soiling and stains, various mechanical damage. Mild wet skin products should be dried at room temperature, without using hot air. Do not perform cleaning of the skin with soap, water, oil.
Fine leather deserves good care. The appropriate treatment of a leather item depends upon its condition, or the degree of deterioration when treatment is started.
Leather deteriorates largely by four means:
Oxidation is most readily seen in very old dry leather, with surface cracking and flaking, and over-all weakness. Oxidation will eventually turn leather to dust. It is inhibited by a thorough impregnation with an inert dressing which coats the fibres. Leather items should not be sealed in a case and forgotten - they must be kept full of dressing.
Chemical damage can be through the effect of ultraviolet light, ozone, acid from sulphurous and nitrous pollutants in the air, or through chemical action following treatment with tallow or neatsfoot oil compounds. Both oxidation and chemical damage occur faster at higher temperatures. Leather should be stored away from heat, and not needlessly exposed to sunlight.
Internal chafing or breaking of fibres occurs when dry leather is flexed. A lubricant is essential to allow the fibres to slide one against the other. Dry leather should not be flexed prior to thorough lubrication.
Abrasion can be external, from rubbing on the outside, or internal from dirt particles ground into the leather.
In no case do not attempt to restore the skin independently. Skin cleansing and spot removing requires a certain skill and experience. If you have any questions or problems related to the care of leather goods, it is better to turn to the professionals.
Follow these tips and your leather accessories will always be able to maintain its natural look.