Leather Care Tips
Storing Your Leather
The best place to store your leather is a dark closet that is neither too humid or too dry. Hopefully you don't store your leathers in plastic. That's a no-no. If leather is stored in plastic, in a warm environment, water can condense inside the plastic and mildew your leather. Once leather gets mildewed, it usually cannot be saved. Also, hardware rusts. If you want to cover your leathers for winter, cut a hole in an old bed sheet or pillow case. Always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to maintain their shape.
After you pull your leathers out of the closet, feel the skin. If it feels dry, it probably needs conditioned. Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. If the garment is wrinkled,
How many times a year should you condition your leathers?
If you ride a lot in hot sunny conditions, or get caught in the rain, you will need to condition it several times during the season. You can usually tell when your jacket or chaps feel dry. Incidentally, rain will really dry out leathers because when the rain evaporates from the jacket, it pulls moisture away from the skin.
Stain Guarding - Our 11-coat Stain Guard Protection
Keep your leather looking new with the best defense against leather damage: our 11-coat stain guard protection! We use a specially formulated stain protectant and apply 11 coats over 7 days to the garment. This treatment is NOT the holy grail, but does give us the ability to hand-clean the garment should it suffer any soil damage, food stain, spotting or other garment care problem. Hand cleaning is far preferable to machine cleaning which immerses the garment in oils and fats that can potentially change the texture and color of the garment.
If you have a quality leather or suede garment, this treatment is a great insurance policy against your next unforseen garment emergency!
The Story of Natural Leather
Leather is a natural material made from the hides of animals. Just as no two animals are exactly alike, no two pieces of leather are identical. In addition to its own generic heritage, each hide bears the little nicks and cuts that marked the animal during its lifetime. These natural characteristics are not defects and are considered marks of distinction in "full grain" leather, adding to the unique appeal of each finished product. When a more uniform appearance is required, the leather can be shaded to produce what is called a "corrected grain".
Structure of the Hide
When hides are converted to leather, all non-essential parts of the original animal hide are removed, leaving only the surface "grain" and middle corium layers. It is the remarkable structure of this corium - made up of millions of microscopic fibers, twisted and interwoven by nature - that gives leather its highly tensile strength and other desirable qualities.
The Tanning Process
In the tanning process, the hides are chemically cured to prevent deterioration. The chemicals used in this process also enhance the flexibility of leather and improve its ability to withstand extreme humidity and temperatures. Tanning is followed by another process that restores the natural lubricants lost during the conversion of raw hide into finished leather.
Nothing Equals Leather For Beauty, Function, And Versatility
The qualities of leather - created by nature and preserved by the tanner - are superior to those of any man-made or synthetic material.
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