Published on 11/03/2016
If you live in an area with wildly fluctuating weather patterns, you likely go to great lengths to weatherize your more valuable possessions. You may put snow tires on your car, install storm windows and doors on your home, and put away shorts and tees in favor of warmer weather clothing like fleece, sweaters, hats, mittens and so on.
Unless your leather is brand new, you’re going to want to clean off the gunk, beach sand, and other general muck that may have accumulated on it since its last cleaning.
For deeper cleaning:
A teaspoon of baby shampoo or other mild soap can be added to a gallon of warm water and used to spot clean deep stains. Rinse thoroughly with a damp rag.
Salt stains can be safely removed with one part white vinegar and white part warm water. Rub mixture in leather until stains disappear.
Your newly laundered leather needs to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. Allow two days minimum for leather wallets, leather backpacks, boots, messenger bags and other items to dry completely before using again. Boots, backpacks, and bags can be stuffed with dry newspaper to help your leather items retain their shape.,
Cooler temperatures mean drier air. Much like your skin tends to dry out in the winter, so can leather. You can protect your valuables by conditioning them with an over-the-counter leather conditioner.