Leather Cleaning & CareCONTOURS BEAUTIFULLY WITH WEAR
Practical and sensual, leather has been used to make quality garments, footwear, bags, and accessories for thousands of years. Renowned for its durability and versatility, leather resists tears, punctures, and extremes in temperature, and it contours beautifully with wear.
Leather ages gracefully and, with the proper care, it can last a lifetime. You should be able to enjoy your fine Overland leather purchase for years to come by following a few simple guidelines.
- Store away fom direct sunlight
- Never store in unbreathable bags such as plastic bags
- Keep away from high heat sources such as blow dryers and radiators
- Avoid leather care products that contain petroleum, mineral oils, waxes, or sillicones
- For cleaning and repairs we strongly recommend that you contact a reputable leather care professional
Store your leather goods in a moderate environment (i.e. not overly humid, and not overly dry), making sure to keep items out of direct sunlight. To help maintain shape, you'll want to hang leather clothing on wide or padded hangers, and insert shoetrees or tissues in leather footwear and/or purses. Never store leather goods in covers made of plastic or other non-breathable materials; if you do so, they stand a chance of becoming dry.
What should I do if my leather garment/product gets wet?
Simply allow the item to air-dry naturally, being sure to keep it away from any direct heat sources. Never blow-dry leather, or drape it over a radiator. Once it has dried naturally, you can treat it with a special conditioner (see below) to restore luster and flexibility. If the item is suede, you may gently brush it with a terry-cloth towel.
Should I use conditioning products on my leather goods?
Quality leather conditioners contain fats and/or oils that help to moisturize leather, keeping it supple, replenished, and lustrous. Do not use products that contain petroleum or mineral oils, as they are very drying and can damage leather over time. In general, look for products that contain quality natural oils, like mink oil. But don't overdo it: leather conditioners are meant for occasional use.
Do I need to polish my leather items?
Polishing is done for special occasions when you want a more glossy finish on your leather. There are a couple things to be wary of when purchasing a polishing agent. Some products contain coloring factors that will brush off on things you come in contact with. Some products also have a tendency to clog the pores in leather or dry leather out. Be sure to test out the product on a small area and when ready, buff to a shine.
What products could be harmful to my leather goods?
As mentioned earlier, never use store-bought creams or gels containing waxes or silicone; these ingredients will dry leather out and damage it over time. You should also avoid spraying perfumes and hair sprays on leather.
In general, we strongly recommend you take your leather goods to a reputable, professional leather dry cleaning facility. A regular dry cleaner won't do the job well, unless they specify that they offer leather goods servicing. Essential oils are removed during the cleaning process and can only be restored professional leather cleaners. Winter salt deposits, however, can be removed at home by gently sponging with clear water and then air-drying. (If you decide to use an at-home leather-cleaning product on other stains, we recommend you test it on an inconspicuous part of the garment first.)
Can I iron leather?
Wrinkles in leather tend to "hang out" if you leave the garment on a quality, padded hanger. For more heavy-duty wrinkles, we strongly recommend you take your leather garments to a professional leather cleaner. If you decide to do it at home, set your iron on the rayon (lowest) setting, use a pressing cloth over the garment, and iron quickly to avoid overheating and shine.
How can I mend and repair minor tears?
We strongly recommend you entrust leather repairs to a reputable leather care professional. However, hems and other minor tears can mended at home by applying rubber cement sparingly and according to instructions on the tube. For best results, see a leather care professional.