How to Care for Cool Leather Handcrafts

Hi there, this is the first blog on our new Cool Leather website and we’d like to share some leather knowledge. One of the most common questions from our customer is how to care for their kangaroo leather bracelets, and here are some simple tips.
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For all Cool Leather handcrafts, only black, dark brown, light brown, natural and tan leather laces are dyed with ‘matt finish’, which is generally known as vegetable tanned crust dyed through. And other colour laces are ‘classic finish’, which is a pigmented finish with a solid colour. If your bracelets include ‘class finish’ leather laces, please treat them gently when you clean them and this can prevent colour fade.
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To care for Cool Leather handcrafts, first choose a cleanser that will help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of removing them. Before applying anything to your bracelets, be certain to test it out for effect and possible colour distortion on an area that isn’t visible to the eye. If no damage has been done clean your leather then, with a slightly dampened cloth, remove the cleaning product.
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Removing Stains

Fresh stains from things such as blood and food can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth. To remove other stains from oil or greases, create a mixture of liquid soap/shampoo and clean water.
Wipe the dirty area with a soft cloth dipped in the mixture, and then use water to remove the cleanser. Allow leather products to dry naturally.
It is critical to remember that handmade jewelry should be dried away from heat. After cleaning and drying, your bracelets may be harder, but it will then be softer when you wear longer.
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Conditioning

Conditioners are meant for occasional use.
They contain fats and/or oils that help lubricate the leather and replenish the suppleness. Look for a product that will penetrate the strong fibers, but beware of any that include petroleum or mineral oils. (While petroleum by-products won’t damage your leather accessories immediately, they do over time.)
Cool Leather use Australian Dubbin before we sell each product.
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Protection

Moisture barriers are extremely crucial in preventing rain or other liquid hazards from damaging leather.
Stiffness and cracking will occur if leather isn’t protected beforehand. There is a drawback in protecting leather with a moisture barrier product. They tend to fill in the pores with a greasiness that makes cleaning, conditioning, and polishing difficult, but it’s a necessary process to ensure your leather jewelry isn’t destroyed. Periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow it time to penetrate and dry before wearing.
We recommend using Dubbin or Leather Honey.
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Storing Leather

Always store leather in a cool, dry place away from heat.
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If you have more suggestions or questions, feel free to leave a message and we can learn more about leather together 🙂
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Reference:
https://stannard-inc.com/how-to-care-for-leather-jewellery-and-accessories/. (2016). [Blog].
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