• Mar 18, 2015

Proper Leather Care and Conditioning

Leather is a natural, durable substance that is both beautiful and long-lasting, but that doesn’t mean it is indestructible. Robert Mason Company uses it because it’s a high-quality material and keeps with our vintage style ­– looking good and lasting generations. Although we have to remember that leather is actually skin – so to keep it healthy and happy looking – we must take good care of it.

As mentioned in the last blog post, our different collections use different leather varieties. From full-grain to bonded leather, there are easy ways to make your leather last a lifetime or two. Most of these tips can be applied to all leather products – from shoes to furniture – although we’ll focus a bit on our bags and office products.



Spots: Wipe Leather Lightly    

Often if someone uses something everyday, there’ll be some accidental bumping, rubbing, and dropping that happen as someone, well, lives their life. When you’re constantly on the go, there’s no way to stop this from happening. In order to keep your leather looking nice, a simple rub with a soft, dry cloth (every couple days or so) will get rid of any dirt buildup.



Spills: Dry Leather Properly    

DO NOT use a hair dryer or any other heat source on your leather items. If leather gets too dry too fast, it will crack and crinkle, causing a decrease in the product’s quality. When you spill something on leather, first dry it off with a soft, dry cloth to soak up any excess liquids. Once that is done, let the item air dry completely to ensure that all fluid has gone (and prevent any mildew build-up).



Stains: Clean Leather Safely    

Stains happen. The most important rule when cleaning stains is to NOT use any soap or other chemicals on your leather, as they cause additional damage. Follow the rules above for any spills, and then try a very damp cloth to lightly rub stain (then dry it properly). If the stain persists, try to use special leather cleaners to get any additional dirt. For more difficult issues, we recommend a leather professional.



Scratches: Condition Leather Regularly    

Leather can get dry, sometimes causing flakes or wrinkles. It’s best to prevent this from happening by conditioning your bag or padfolio every other month or so. Besides keeping your leather item shiny, this also helps with preventing scratches. If you do get a minor scratch, the natural oils of skin can buff the leather; just use your finger (and make sure it is clean).


While these are the most important steps to keeping your leather healthy, it’s not everything. Remember to store your leather bags when not in use; don’t wrap in plastic and air it out every couple of weeks. Also be aware of stretching your leather. If you overfill your bag/wallet/padfolio, the leather will stretch out and not return to the original shape.

Be good to your leather and it’ll last you forever.