Taking Care of Full Grain Leather Goods
Anything worth holding on usually is high maintenance! That's our observation, anyway, whether it be a vintage car, heirloom jewelry, old furniture, antique brass objects or full grain leather.
All kidding aside, each Godbolé product is passionately made with immense patience by our craftsmen. The materials we select to work with, the making techniques - all come together to make an object that will last you a lifetime. If you take good care of it, it will age beautifully.
The leather we use will develop a wonderful patina with daily use.
This happens as it reacts with sunlight, takes on a lot of oils from daily handling and absorbs nicks and scratches over time. But it also picks up dirt or grime over time. Cleaning and conditioning helps maintain it in top shape.
To maintain its rich lustre and make sure it functions at top of its form, it does need a lot of care when compared with its synthetic counterparts. Just like your leather shoes need conditioning, the same is the case with your full grain leather bags, wallets and other small goods.
Here is a nifty list of 10 Dos and Dont's you need to remember with your leather product. Scroll down for a detailed walkthrough.
- To clean leather, first dust with a dry cloth. Follow this with a soft damp cloth in light circular motion to remove any dirt or grime.
- If leather feels dry, rough or hard over time, nourish it with limited amounts of olive oil* with a soft cloth. This is more likely in places with a dry climate.
- Leather is not waterproof! While it can take a few drops of water, if it ever gets soaked through, you need to do some damage control. Gently dab with a dry cotton cloth and leave it in a dark, airy place. Once completely dry, condition it with some olive oil*.
- Never clean leather with detergents, cleaning sprays or other harsh cleaning agents.
- Do not leave in high heat areas for long periods of time. E.g. inside a parked car.
- Don’t scuba-dive with it or let your dog mistake it for a chew toy. But hey, if you already did something crazy with it, we'd love to know how our leather is doing!
*Please note that applying oils may slightly darken the color of leather. Test how the leather will look by applying on a small area in an inconspicuous corner.