One of the most common questions we get asked is:
“The bag is beautiful. What would you use to care for it?” From an online customer who purchased our Vintage Child "Explorer" Eco Friendly Leather Weekend Bag
“Hi, I have your weekend bag and considering a book bag. What is a good oil to use to condition the leather” From an online customer who purchased our Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Bag with Grab Handle
“Hello, a few months back I've purchased a lovely weekender bag (thank you so much for that! I truly love it!) Any chance you could share your preferred treatment?” From an online customer who purchased our Vintage Child "Markham" Eco Friendly Extra Large Leather Weekend Bag
The short answer is:
“That's no problem at all, we use Effax Leather Balm but most leather waxes, conditioners or oils will work and if you can get something with bees wax that's the best and we recommend a treatment about every six months.”
The long answer is:
There are a baffling array of leather treatments on the market, specialising in leather sofas, shoes, jackets, clothing, car upholstery and of course bags. When it comes down to it leather is leather; believe it or not most leather is pretty much the same and it is the process it goes through before it is made into a product that makes it look, feel and smell different. That said, this process will affect how you treat your leather so it is worth finding out the best method, for instance if you have a suede jacket you would not want to use the same treatment on it as a leather bag.
The main functions of a leather treatment are, first and most importantly, to provide nourishment and protection for your leather and for aesthetics to provide a sheen to it. One of the most affordable options on the market is Dubbin wax, this is great for providing sustenance for your leather, has solid water resistant properties and is usually very reasonably priced. Neat’s-foot-oil is an animal product that works well to preserve and condition natural surfaces like wood and leather. The yellow oil is very affective for softening and preserving leather but may darken it a little, this may be a desired effect if your leather is well work and has been exposed to sunlight. The best and most desirable product that we recommend for your leather is beeswax. It is natural, it smells nice, it will nourish your leather and add waterproofing qualities. The only problem is it tends to be a more expensive product but try to look out for waxes with a beeswax element if you can.
What not to use:
Generally speaking water is not a friend to leather, a little splash here and there is ok but regular and heavy contact will strip it of natural oils and dry it out. Another enemy is soap, even if your bag is caked in mud this is always something to avoid, like water it will do a good job of drying, cracking and generally having a harmful affect on your leather. We also would not advise you use any sort of cooking oil, olive oil or sunflower oil on your bag, many websites may recommend this as a treatment but while the leather may feel a little more supple afterwards the oil will actually advance the deterioration of the skin.
Quick note: be safe and always test any product on a small patch before treating the whole item.