Want To Keep Your Leathers Looking Brand-New? Here’s How You Can Do It
Who can resist the smell of new Italian leather, irrespective of the hefty price tag that comes along with it? A type of clothing born out of functionality during the First World War, leather got commercialised by pop culture and went on to make a fashion statement in the later years.
Marlon Brando in The Wild One
Marlon Brando’s jacket from The Wild One became a staple for the biker boys. However, it was only in the ’60s that women started sporting the leather-grunge look. Popularised by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Phillip Lim, Alexander McQueen and Balmain, the material has now made its way into our wardrobes.
However, leather is not economical, which is why you must ensure it is maintained with proper care. Here are some steps to follow.
Prep your leather clothing or handbag before you use it for the first time with a leather protector (buy here). It acts as a shield against moisture, oil and stains. Touch up every year to maintain that jacket or handbag for years.
Harsh detergents can take away leather’s natural lubricating oils and make it stiff. When cleaning the surface, use a mild soap or baby shampoo on a soft damp cloth. Alternatively, use a leather cleaner (buy here). Top it off with a leather conditioner to retain its natural oils. Avoid drying it under a direct source of heat like a dryer, as it can damage the hide. Also, stuff the handbag or outfit to retain its original shape. Natural drying can take upto 48 to 72 hours.
You must always store leather in a cool and dry place. Never use plastic or metal containers and hangers, which can damage the hide in the long run. Instead, go for wooden or cloth storage options. Ditch folding and always hang your leather outfits in your closet to avoid causing wrinkles and mildews.
Quick-fix the embarrassing scratches and scuff marks on your leather items by applying shoe polish or a marker pen in the exact shade. Ripped stitches can also be fixed using a heavy duty sewing machine, which will be easily available at cleaners such as Pressto Laundry and Colorspa.