What To Do If Leather Get Wet
Whenever you forgot the umbrella, your leather bag will got soaked. Leather is meant to be kept away from water as it can damage most leather; leaving water spots, fading the dye, and stretching it out, unless it’s been treated with a protective coating. But small amount of water spilled on it will do no harm. Wipe the leather well if it comes in contact with water. However, keeping the leather away from water will increase its lifespan significantly.
Just be sure you know what to do when it does, Here’s your first tip: act fast. Here’s the rest on how to care for wet leather:
1. How To Dry Wet Leather
Wipe the leather and allow the wet leather to naturally dry at room temperature. (Don’t use a blow dryer or other heat source) For a jacket, hang it on a wide, padded hanger. For bags, boots, or shoes, stuff them with crumpled newspaper to absorb excess water and help hold their shape.
2. Apply Leather Conditioner
The main problem when you get the leather wet actually arises as the leather dries. When leather gets wet, the oils in the leather bind to the water molecules. As the water dries and evaporates, it draws out the oils with it. The leather’s loss of natural oils causes it to lose its supple quality and turn brittle.
Ensure that type of the leather conditioner is appropriate to the type of the leather. Apply a reasonably thick coat of leather conditioner while the leather is still slightly wet. Massage the conditioner into the surface of the leather and leave it to dry for several hours or overnight. The conditioner will penetrate the leather and replenish the natural oils that were stripped from the water. Learn how to use leather conditioner
If it seems overly dry in places, apply additional conditioner to those areas and buff the entire surface of the leather. (After you’ve addressed the current wet leather situation, you can help make your leather more water-resistant. Apply a water and stain repellent to before it gets wet again.) Sensitive leather should not be exposed to bad weather, despite waterproofing.
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