How to Care for Your Leather Goods to Ensure Lifelong Use
If you share our passion for leather, then this guide is for you. With every product we craft, our aim is not merely to fulfill a need or preference but to provide you with a timeless companion—an item that can stay with you for a decade or even longer. We envision our creations as more than just objects; they're companions for your adventures, holding memories of the incredible experiences you've had.
Caring for your leather properly is the key to preserving its presence in your life for many years to come. This way your bag will maintain its shape and quality, developing a unique patina that makes it an accessory you'll reach for time and time again.
Based on our experience and knowledge, along with the questions frequently asked by our customers during their product purchases, we've made the decision to share some tips where you’ll learn how to maintain your favorite leather bags, wallets, and any leather good to ensure that your cherished items remain as enduring as the memories they hold.
What is Patina?
Patina refers to a sheen on a surface that results from age or polishing. While it's often associated with the green or brown film on oxidized metals like bronze, leather also develops patina over time. The leather selected for Orox Leather Goods is chosen for this very ability to change and evolve, which aligns with our brand's aesthetic.
Throughout our family's legacy, our ancestors crafted items ranging from baseball gloves to huarache sandals and bags. Our priority has always been durability and quality, upholding our family's reputation. Instead of resisting change, we embrace it by choosing leather rich in oils and waxes that naturally evolve over time.
Causes of Leather Damage
Keep in mind that leather is a natural fiber, so taking proper care for your leather items begins with everyday maintenance. Even if you take care of it now and then, it doesn't entirely prevent it from encountering issues like scratches, water damage, or stains. Nonetheless, here are some preventive leather care tips you can take:
- To preserve the original shape of your handbag, purse, or wallet, avoid overloading them or placing them under heavy objects.
- Guard against scratches that detract from your piece's beauty. Be cautious and avoid contact with sharp items like heavily adorned clothing, jewelry, or keys.
- Wipe down your bag with a cloth after each use. This simple step helps maintain the leather's appearance.
- Address stains immediately! If you spot a mark, remove the excess staining agent with a napkin. The longer a stain sets, the harder it becomes to remove.
- If your leather gets wet, allow it to dry naturally. Avoid using hairdryers or placing it near heat sources.
- Store your bag wisely. Keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent color fading, and never place it on wet surfaces for extended periods. Leather can absorb moisture, leading to bacterial buildup and potential mildew.
- Use a dust bag for storage to prevent scratches and ensure good ventilation.
- Store leather away from artificial heat sources to prevent drying and cracking.
- Be mindful of where you set your purse. The corners of our goods are delicate.
Additional Care for Your Leather Goods
Take extra care with the leather items you use frequently. Alongside your daily care routine, this includes employing leather cleaners, waxes, or moisturizers, as well as proper storage, to prolong the lifespan of your goods.
How do I clean my leather?
Adjust expectations; some stains and scratches might be too deep to remove. Our preferred leather cleaner & conditioner is Pure Polish, available in our store. We've trusted it for years, as it maintains our products' brand-new look and serves a dual function.
For scratches, apply a bit of Pure Polish directly to the mark. Applying pressure from the leather's back, gently rub the material in a circular motion. This process can also be used for stain removal.
However, some stains can be stubborn. Because leather is porous, accept that not all marks will disappear.
First, clean your leather bag with clean hands. Wipe or pat the surface with a damp, soft cloth.
Be cautious when treating leather. Start with a small amount of leather cleaner or warm water, gradually adding more as needed. We recommend Pure Polish and Smith’s Leather Conditioner, both available in our store. We've been using them for years with excellent results. To avoid over-treatment, clean your leather items once or twice a year.
How do I moisturize it?
Bear in mind that leather, like skin, requires moisturizing to prevent drying out over time due to weather conditions.
Applying leather conditioner will uphold the appearance and texture of leather goods.
When applying Smith’s Leather Conditioner, use a circular motion, focusing on the most exposed and flexed areas. Our leathers come infused with waxes and oils, so they don't require waxing in the first year. However, we recommend moisturizing your leather items once a year, or up to monthly, to keep them supple.
Treat them with Love
Our handcrafted leather goods are designed to last a lifetime, representing an investment worth protecting. We select our leathers for how they mature, not just their initial appearance. While many contemporary products are designed to stay the same until they fade, we aim for our goods to evolve with use. With our emphasis on quality and longevity, your items should remain far from the landfill.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, there might be situations that are beyond our control. If you experience product issues beyond regular wear and tear, like a broken zipper, reach out for potential repairs. Upon evaluating the issue, we will take appropriate measures to return your product to you in the best possible condition. Covered by our lifetime warranty, we ensure our goods are free from material and workmanship defects for their lifespan. Contact us at email@example.com for assistance.
But by following these simple yet effective care tips, you can ensure that your leather goods continue to age gracefully and accompany you through life's adventures. Remember, investing a little time and effort into caring for your leather items will reward you with a lifetime of use and enjoyment, ensuring that these items evolve into cherished heirlooms that can be passed on to generations.