Leather Care Tips

Always hang leather coats on wide padded hangers.

Use shoe trees in shoes and boots.

Stuff empty handbags with tissues to retain their shape.

Do not store leather goods in plastic bags or other non porous covers. If clothing must be stored in a garment bag, keep it open for ventilation.

Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any source of heat.

Apply a little leather conditioner when the leather is nearly dry to restore flexibility.

Follow this with a full conditioning treatment after the leather has completely air-dried.

In winter, promptly remove any salt deposits from shoes and boots by sponging with clean water, then follow with the treatment recommended above for wet or damp leather.

To prevent mildew, protect leather from excessive humidity. In a dry environment, regularly condition the leather in order to prevent it from drying out and cracking.

Do not use waxes, or silicone formulas or other leather preparations that impair the ability of the leather to "breathe".

Never use caustic household chemicals to clean leather. Also, avoid leather preparations that contain alcohol. Avoid turpentine and mineral spirits as they can pull color.

Use of mink oil or other animal fats will darken leather. Animal fat can also turn rancid, causing the stitching and leather to rot.