It’s 21:00 on a Tuesday and after the usual day at the office, followed by watching at least one documentary and the habitual ‘liking’ of all the dog photos on my insta feed, there felt no better time to type a blog post about leather care.
I’ve had a few people ask me about the aftercare of their leather products and frankly I’m very impressed with the invested interest our customers have in their purchase.
It seems only right to talk through the process from the naked eau natural leather to the waxed and burnished finished article. I’ve quickly learnt that there are many techniques that create the same finish, so it’s about finding which process works better for you. After much trial and error, here’s what works for us.
Firstly, we use a ‘leather preparer’. This smells a lot like nail varnish remover and I’m pretty sure it is pure acetone with a branded label, nevertheless, this is dabbed on all areas of the leather to remove any dirt and grease.
After bevelling the inner edges, ‘gum trag’ is applied to the underside and edges and then burnished for a slick finish. Beeswax can also be applied to the edges followed by the burnishing process (depending on how much elbow grease you have).
The top of the leather is given a rub with a ‘snow-proofing’ balm using a lint free cloth. At this point the leather will start to appear darker and over time the leather will naturally become a dark tan colour.
You may have seen my excitement on insta-stories when a new ‘colour sealant’ arrived. I would describe it as being close to feeling like Christmas Eve when you’re six. The scientific jargon charmed me, and me being convinced it might change my life, I have high hopes for it’s ‘scuff and rub resistant claims’. I'll keep you posted.
To keep yours looking spic and span, leather polishes or balms are perfectly fine. Every six months is advisable, but this depends on how much use the leather gets. Tip: Use a lint free cloth if possible.
Now, I must refresh my insta feed and facetime my dog.