Care & Feeding of Fantasies in
So how does one care for their leathers? There are many types,
conditions, colors and ages of human skin and the same can be said
of leather skin. There is no one method to care for all leathers
as each individual item is dependent on many factors. There are
two overall guidelines that apply to most all things leather:
Keep items clean! Sweat, blood, oils and other body fluids can
harm leather. Even ordinary substances such as alcoholic beverages,
sodas and juice, gasoline and body lotions can damage leather clothing
and shoes. Thoroughly clean leather after each use. Wipe down with
a clean, damp cloth and let items dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated
area before storing.
Leather is porous and needs to breathe. You should store your
leather in an airy, dry area that is not too hot or cold and certainly
not damp. Do not impede air circulation by hanging toys and clothing
in a tightly packed closet. Do not store in direct contact with
the flow of heating vents or near heating units and avoid direct
sunlight as this will dry and fade leather. Always use sturdy, padded
hangers to help preserve the shape of your leather clothing and
if you choose to cover leather items use a breathable material like
a cotton sheet. Avoid storing any leather items in plastic bags,
plastic containers, tight drawers, car trunks, bathrooms or packed
tightly into a toybag or toybox.
Cleaning, conditioning, polishing and shining your leathers are
probably the most knowledge and time intensive aspects of leather
care. A skilled bootblack can offer top-quality advice and instruction
on how to care for specific items. Bootblacking is the art and skill
of caring for leather. It is more than just polishing a pair of
boots: it can involve the cleaning, conditioning, dyeing and polishing
of all leather items. A Bootblack has often devoted many hours to
training, product evaluation and practice. He is able to give knowledgeable
suggestions about leather care.
Get in touch with a bootblack and learn how to keep your leathers
in tip-top shape. Leather care is more than skin-deep!
Visit the links in the sidebar for care and feeding instructions
for your leathers.
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