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Leather is a fantastic material, and when cared for properly, will stand the test of time. Caring for your leather items regularly will help ensure you can enjoy them for years to come.
Leather care can be simplified down to removing dirt, hydrating, and sealing. Some products do all of these steps, others just one or two. It’s important to take note of what each product does and what type of leather it’s for (for instance full grain vs. nubuck).
If you’re not sure what’s best to use, send me a message and I’ll be happy to help!
A Note About Patina
Leather items, especially those made from vegetable tanned leather, will darken and soften with age and use. It’s one of my favourite things about leather, that each item will change over time. Items that are carved or coloured will change in their own way as well. Every item will slowly become unique to you!
General Leather Care
Always spot test each new product in an inconspicuous location before using.
Remove dirt with a clean, slightly damp (not dripping) cloth, wiping the item down completely to prevent spotting. Allow to air dry.
Use a leather balm, leather conditioner, or leather specific oil to hydrate and seal (be sure to match the product to the item, some leathers require specific care like nubuck or suede). Rub the product in gently with your hand or a clean dry cloth. Spot test first!
In general you want to condition your leather seasonally (every 3-6 months), especially in our dry Alberta winters.
General Cork Care
The cork fabric has been factory sealed, so a quick wipe with a damp cloth will often be enough. If you have a stubborn stain try a mild neutral soap like dish soap or saddle soap, being sure to always spot test first.
General Cactus Leather Care
Products made with cactus bio material can be cleaned with a mild soap solution (like diluted dish soap or even shampoo). Avoid cleaning with any solvents (such as alcohol or bleach) as they may cause permanent damage. As always, spot test first.