An essential part of leather care is waterproofing your shoes, bags and other leather accessories. Leather is made up of many microscopic collagen fibres and in the tanning process these fibres are chemically treated with oiling agents to prevent the fibres drying out. The key to keeping leather in good condition is to keep these fibres well lubricated and prevent the bonds shrinking, becoming brittle and breaking. When water penetrates leather it forms temporary bonds with the oils that lubricate the interior fibres and removes oil from the leather. As leather is porous and highly absorbent this is what causes your leather items to become dry and lose their overall durability. Waterproofing leather before use is the most common way of protecting your leather items by creating a barrier that blocks moisture from being absorbed. Be sure you to only use high quality water sprays to protect your leather items. We recommend using a premium waterproof protection spray. This guarantees maximum waterproofing protection against rain and mud stains for smooth leather, nubuck, suede and canvas shoes, handbags and leather jackets.
How to apply
- Place your leather item outside or in a well-ventilated area.
- Aim the waterproof protection spray and spray generously over leather
- Leave leather item to rest for 5 minutes
- Apply a second coat of prestige waterproof protection spray
- Leave for 24 hours
The waterproof protection spray must be reapplied once every month to ensure the leather stays protected and water resistant. Removing Water stains from Leather Prevention is key to keeping your leather items intact and protected, however, sometimes even with water protection applied a small accident like a spill can leave a noticeable mark. Depending on the type of leather your items will react differently to water-based stains. A bad water stain is difficult to remove and your leather item may require either professional cleaning or recolouring. If this is the case bring your leather item in to Evans Leather Restorations and we will recommend a treatment to restore the leather to its original state. Conditioning Along with waterproofing another essential part of maintaining your leather items is applying a good quality leather conditioner. This will serve a variety of functions including lubricating the leather fibres and protecting the surface of the leather from stains. Leather absorbs the oils and moisture from the conditioner and becomes more flexible, durable and supple. The conditioner also creates a barrier that protects the absorbent leather fibres from stains. We recommend using a premium quality leather conditioner that is suited to cleanse and nourish all fine, delicate and smooth leathers. The cream is neutral so it will not change the appearance of your leather items. How to apply Remember to apply the conditioner sparingly
- Place the leather conditioner on a clean linen or soft cloth
- Apply gently and allow leather to absorb
- Allow 24 hours for the conditioner to set
Make sure you clean the leather (e.g. mud, grime) with a leather shampoo before apply the leather conditioner.