How often has an unexpected shower left you fretting over a wet leather bag? Do you stop carrying your leather bags every time the monsoon begins? Fret not, Founder-President of Hidesign, Dilip Kapur shares tips to help you take care of your leather bags this monsoon.
Getting your leather bag wet is not such a huge issue especially when it’s a vegetable tanned leather bag. Natural oils and extracts from barks and seeds replace the original fats in the hide giving a unique look to vegetable tanned leathers with deep colours and long-lasting strength. This age old natural technique also ages your leather bag beautifully. Rain water just becomes another natural element and the leather reacts the way all natural things do – it lets the water evaporate on its own.
So, the next time your leather bag gets wet in the rain, just empty it out and leave it in a dry place for a few days or in an air-conditioned room. Never leave your bag near a heater or under direct sunlight, because it will dry out the natural oils in the leather, leaving your bag looking dull. In the long run, this could make the leather hard and develop cracks on the surface.
Just like your skin, your leather needs moisturizing too. Buy an appropriate cream or wax for your leather bag that contains natural oils that seep into the leather and nourish it. Most products available in the market give a gloss to the surface but do not nourish the leather.
After drying the bag, rub it with cream and use a soft cloth to moisturize your leather bag and replenish its natural oils. During the monsoons, a light rub every other day will keep your leather supple and prevent the growth of fungus.
Flaunt your leather bags this monsoon and enhance its shine with this easy tips:
Pat your wet leather with a soft dry cloth.
Leave it in a warm dry place to naturally dry. Never leave your bag near a heater or in direct sunlight!
Use an appropriate leather cream/wax after drying your bag to restore the balance of natural oils and enhance the leather’s natural shine.
Always store your leather bag in a cloth bag to protect it from dust and moisture especially in a humid environment.
Periodically take out your leather bag and air it
(Info and picture courtesy: Hidesign)