What are the benefits of conditioning your beautiful leather goods?
So here are three reasons why I believe you should maintain your leather goods to keep it in good shape:
The leather fibers will be lubricated with a suitable conditioner.
Consider a tanned leather hide in cross-section. The strands are crisscrossed at random, fit together, and flex in unison. This is what makes leather such a unique material in terms of strength and flexibility. When those fibers dry out, the harmony flex resembles a jumble of small saws grating against each other. That’s not good!
As a result, if you use a decent leather conditioner on your leather bag, the fibers will absorb it. They absorb lubricating oils and moisture, allowing the fit and flex to move as smoothly as possible.
But it’s also vital to condition enough but not too much. Leather fibers only need to absorb a certain amount of lubricant. With a more than 25% moisture level, the fibers will run out of the area to absorb, expand, and harm your leather.
A good conditioner will keep the leather’s surface stain-free.
On top of the leather, many good leather bags have virtually little finish protection. Natural leather has a lovely feel, fragrance, and appearance that allows the natural beauty of the leather to shine through without a lot of surface color. The issue is that the majority of exposed leather strands are extremely absorbent.
As a result, applying a proper leather conditioning treatment to the surface will also act as a protective barrier for the absorbent leather fibers.
In reality, some of the most beautiful leathers are created by spraying or rubbing wax or oil (such as that found in a good conditioner) into the leather’s surface. Such leathers as pull-ups must be re-waxed/oiled over time to keep the fibers safe.
It pains me to see a magnificent pull-up leather that has not been properly maintained in my years in the leather industry. It may age beautifully if the owner didn’t know how to condition it, and it was eventually ruined!
What should you do with your nice leather products, and how often should you do it?
What kind of conditioner are you using?
I’ll go through three different types of conditioners you may use to keep your excellent leather in good shape. They’re wax-based conditioners, conditioning cremes, and conditioning oils.
Conditioning cremes will hydrate and nurture your leather while causing a minimal color change in the fibers. (However, you should always pre-test the color change by applying a small amount of the product and observing the color changes for 1 hour.) A good conditioning cream will both condition your leather fibers and protect the surface of your leather bag to a moderate degree.
Many excellent leather goods will benefit from conditioning oils to soften and nurture them. They provide your leather with less protection on the surface. The improper oil can make your leather feel oily or slick, and it can even cause the fibers to grow rotten. As a result, I advise you to avoid home-remedy oils like olive oil or human skin oils.
Neat’s-foot oil, mink oil, and lanolin are among tried and true leather conditioners. While these oils have all been used to repair and soften leather for generations, they each have their own set of characteristics. Each has its own scent, coloring impact, and surface characteristics.
Wax conditioners do not penetrate as far into the leather as other conditioners, but they protect the fibers from liquids and soil. As previously noted, some leathers are waxed at the factory and benefit considerably from re-waxing 1-2 times a year. Other leathers that aren’t waxed can create a unique patina.
What is the best way to use it?
When applying leather conditioner, keep the following in mind:
• Instead of using the conditioner straight to your leather, use it to a soft, lint-free cloth.
• Rub the conditioner evenly over an entire panel or part of the leather in a circular motion.
• Finish by polishing the leather surface with a gentle, dry cloth after conditioning.
• Allow the leather to dry naturally.
When it comes to conditioning, how often should you do it?
Leather conditioning should be done twice a year. There are a couple of notable exceptions:
If your luggage spends a lot of time in the sun, in a hot automobile, or anywhere else where it’s dry and hot, you’ll need to condition it more frequently than usual. 3-4 times or more as the leather appears dry will help manage the moisture level in the bag and make the bag safe and supple for many years.
Leather that pulls up – As you use your leather bag, the waxes and oils applied to the surface will wear away. The leather fibers are exposed to wear and filth once they are gone. As a result, re-waxing the leather with a strong conditioner is essential.