When you think leather, you think ‘luxury’. Leather has been timeless, and always is in style. Both real leather and faux leather garments are equally in vogue this season and you might want to add a few choice pieces to your wardrobe.
Leather accessories such as jackets, handmade leather bags in Australia or skirts can greatly enhance your look and always prove to be a great investment. More importantly, leather and comfort go hand in hand. But as we all know, handling leather clothes is not an easy task. One must be very careful while wearing and storing these precious garments and accessories.
Following are some tips that will help you keep your leather looking as good as new:
1. Avoid Moisture and Oils
Leather is susceptible to mildew and fungus. The most important rule to remember while handling leather garments is to keep them dry and cool. If the garment becomes wet or moist, hang it to air dry and don’t use any heat drying methods to quicken up the process. The garment should not touch your body anywhere where it may be exposed to oil from your skin or hair. For example, leather pants should be properly hair dried before storing.
2. Keep Away from Direct Sunlight
Sunlight and heat will have adverse effects on the life of your leather garment. Direct sunlight will cause the garment to fade and discolour. It will also cause the leather to get dry and brittle. This will cause it to crack and wrinkle, which will make the item look old and unkempt. Try to avoid long exposure to sunlight if you want to increase the life of your leather outfits.
3. Proper Storage:
The leather garments and accessories need to be stored properly. It is in storage that the most damage happens to these delicate pieces. The garments must be stored when they are completely dry. Storing them even slightly moist will cause them to get mildewy. The jackets must be hung on padded hangers and covered properly with cloth covers. That will keep the air flowing and allowing the piece to ‘breath’.
4. Cleaning Care:
Leather needs to be cleaned by professionals. Normal cleaning with a dry cloth is okay, but if there is a stain, never try to take it off yourself. Too much rubbing to remove the stain or the use of any chemical will affect the colour of the garment and may cause it to fade. Water is not to be used for cleaning any kind of leather. A damp cloth may be used to wipe down the garment.
5. Moisturize your Leather:
Real leather has the properties of real skin. It may get dry and brittle over time. This will cause it to crease and wrinkle in places. Buy the recommended leather oil or wax from the leather store you bought your clothes from and apply it occasionally to keep the leather from drying out.