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Protecting Your Leather Equipment From Water

Protecting Your Leather Equipment From Water

Introduction 

Leather is one of the most natural and durable fabrics in the world when it comes to gear, footwear, and daily carry. It has the ability to last for years, looks fantastic when done correctly, and provides a slew of advantages, including defense, style, comfort, and more. However, it is not without its disadvantages. Since leather is made from animal skin, it is a living material that needs some maintenance to keep it looking good and functioning properly. Leather objects, like everything else you wear or use, can get filthy over time. But don’t worry, most filth is removed without a lot of effort. Just remember that leather is a living material, which means it can change over time. There’s no avoiding it: leather can mature. However, you have a lot of say over how it happens and how long it takes. The steps below should help you prolong the life of your leather pieces well beyond what they might have lasted on their own. Apply and use these tactics for protecting your leather equipment from water.

Water Exposure to Leather

If your leather is exposed to a significant amount of water, such as if you get stuck in the shower, drop your jacket in a puddle, or fall into a body of water, you’ll want to take special precautions to dry it out. Under no conditions can you dry your leather with a direct heat source or the sun. When leather is exposed to extreme heat, it can dry out, shrink, and crack, much like human skin.

If you use a hairdryer on your favorite pair of leather pants, you’ll have trouble slipping back into them the next time because they’ll have shrunk. Worst case scenario, they could dry out, crack, and tear, rendering them unwearable. If your leather becomes wet, wait it out on a flat, dry surface in a cool space. Allowing the leather to air dry will ensure that it shrinks as little as possible. Also, it has no other negative consequences.

Sunlight Exposure on Leather

Although most water-logging can be reversed, there is one form of damage that cannot be reversed. The damage caused by excessive exposure to sunlight. The number one enemy of leather is undoubtedly the heat. UV rays and heat can do little good to leather (and all animal hides) since they are simply skin (with the exception of the heat used in the tanning process). If you value your leather and want it to last a long time, keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible. If this isn’t feasible, be prepared to replace your leather pieces after a certain amount of time.

Protecting Leather Equipment

Conditioner Cream

Consider these to be similar to skincare items. Instead of using them on your own skin, you use them on the animal hide that makes your leather clothing or gear. These items, including lotions, are made to maintain the look and feel of your leather, making it supple and (in some cases) smoother to the touch than it would be naturally.

This stuff also protects your leather from some of the harmful effects of the climate, such as drying it out to the point that it cracks and/or shrinks. However, lanolin is something to look out for in certain conditioner creams. Lanolin is a fatty substance found in sheep’s wool that is used as a conditioner for leather. Lanolin is a fatty substance that is found in sheep’s wool that is used as a conditioner for leather. It won’t hurt your leather, but it will soften and moisturize it, which is perfect if that’s what you want. Stop lanolin conditioners if you want your leather to retain its rigid, rugged appearance and feel.

Protecting Your Leather Equipment From Water

Leather Oil

Another choice for leather conditioning is to use oils. Although cream and oil appear to be two distinct items, those aimed specifically at leather care are basically the same. In fact, leather oils sometimes have the word “conditioner” on their labels, with no mention of the fact that oil is present. When it comes down to it, the difference between a cream and an oil conditioner is simply a matter of taste. Some people prefer conditioning creams, while others prefer oils. Choose what appeals to you, buy the necessary product, and get started.

Polish

Although shining your shoes is a fast and easy way to make them look sharp. However, polishing leather does not technically count as treatment. Putting a sheen on your favorite jacket can make it look a little nicer, but the overall effect does nothing to protect or condition the leather. Although we definitely don’t advise against a nice polish every now and then. It’s important to remember that polishing isn’t the same as caring. Some leather polishes, on the other hand, contain a moisturizing agent. Although this isn’t normal, it’s something to keep an eye out for, particularly if you don’t want your leather to soften.

Waterproofing Leather

Leather is naturally highly water-resistant as a result of the cloth itself and the tanning process, which prevents it from rotting. However, it is not totally waterproof. Leather can absorb water if exposed to it for an extended period of time or in an excessive volume of water. Thus, protecting your leather from water is necessary. This may prompt you to add Scotch Guard to your fighting boots to make them more water-resistant. However, we strongly advise against it. Leather, as a living material, requires air to retain its pliability, flexibility, and the ability to mature over time (aged leather is one of the most beautiful materials in the world).

Use Of Leather Gloves In Water

Leather gloves should be washed in cold water with saddle soap and dried smooth. Wringing out the water will cause them to become misshapen. When not in use, keep them in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight.

Maintaining and Protecting Your Leather Gloves:

Cleaning or washing your leather gloves, like most items made of good-quality leather, should be done with great caution. Also, do it only when absolutely necessary.

Since the skins are “full blossom,” the colors are often delicate; tanning and dying additives are normal, so fixing the color is fine; however, washing with inappropriate chemical additives can affect the gloves.

However, if your gloves are lightly marked and you want to clean them, the steps below might help…

Use pure soap flakes, such as ‘Lux,’ to make a lukewarm solution.

Wipe your leather glove down gently with a cloth rather than a sponge, which can crumble. Therefore, maintaining and protecting your leather gloves is essential.

Conclusion

We’ll say it again: “Does leather get wet?” is the wrong question, whether it’s a spilled glass of wine or rain unless you keep your leather shoes or briefcase or any other leather product in a special corner, they may come into contact with water at some point, but there are several ways which can be used in maintaining and protecting your leather equipment.

RP Comtrade Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, West Bengal, deals majorly in good quality leather products.