Published on 09/12/2015
If you’re lucky enough to own a leather wallet you’ve probably noticed that it ages well. Leather has been used as a textile since man began making fire and one thing hasn’t changed in all those years: leather is durable, handsome and easy to care for. Despite these facts, leather should be given a little tender loving care once in awhile.
You likely won’t notice much wear and tear on your leather wallet on a day-to-day basis. That’s because leather wears well, and all those natural ridges, grooves, and colorings help to hide dirt and gunk and blemishes. It’s there though, trust me. Each time you pull your wallet from your pocket or messenger bag, the oils from your hands transfer to your wallet. Drop your wallet on the ground, even on a dry surface like an office floor, and you’ve suddenly covered your billfold with whatever yuck and germs lurked there.
You can avoid having to deep clean your wallet by regularly giving it some attention. How do you do that?
If you’ve been neglecting your wallet or suddenly find yourself with a deeply set stain, you’ll need to do a more thorough cleaning. This simple process will rid your wallet of problem areas like stains, loose any dirt that’s been clinging to the interior and exterior of your wallet, and return it to like-new condition.
Because leather is an all-natural material, it can deteriorate if not cared for properly. If you drop your wallet in a puddle of standing water, it’s going to need some quick help. Special circumstances require special attention.
If you stand in the rain for a long period of time waiting for a cab your wallet is probably going to get soaked right along with the rest of you. In cases where your wallet ends up getting wet (or even damp) due to weather, or is submerged in water for even a brief period of time, you need only let your billfold dry at room temperature to return it to its usual condition. If water has beaded up on the surface, use a dry cloth to blot as much water as possible before leaving your wallet to air dry.
You can prevent your leather billfold from looking and feeling dry and brittle by conditioning it at least once every six months. If you fail to do that, you will potentially shorten the life of even high grade leather. We recommend using Kali Leather Life, a natural protein-based lotion that can clean leather as well as prevent cracking, splitting, scuffing and mildew. Leather that has started to dry out can be brought back to life with a good conditioner and a little elbow grease.
Leather wallets are timeless accessories that are quite capable of outliving you, but only if they’re protected and maintained. When it comes to high grade leather, a little time and attention goes a long way.