Cleaning Leather Wallets Guide 101
Have you just bought your first leather wallet? Congrats, you made the right choice! Apart from upgrading your style, this is what you can expect:
- If you've just purchased a Danny P. wallet, rest assured it's going to be there with you for years, if not decades, to come. No kidding!
- The older it gets, the better it looks. Ever heard of the term patina? Basically, leather slowly changes over time, giving your wallet that rebellious look that so many guys are after when buying leather stuff (jackets, messenger bags, you name it).
- It'll get dirty from stains and stuff just by being used on a daily basis. Nothing we can do about that, sorry. What we can do though is give you a hand when you decide your billfold needs a good scrub.
Without further delay, here's what you can do in order to make the most out of investing your time (and money) in cleaning your leather wallet.
Empty your wallet. However obvious this might sound, we just don't want you to end up with your family pictures damaged by leather cleaning liquids. Did you know you can make a cleaning solution yourself? As diyncrafts.com notes, all you need is olive oil, vinegar and a spray bottle.
Make sure you've got everything you need:
- antibacterial disinfectant wipes
- a soft cleaning cloth (one without dye or patterns, if possible)
- a leather cleaner (whether you made it yourself or buy one)
- a dry towel for when you're done cleaning
Empty your wallet first :)
- Use the disinfectant wipes to get rid of any surface bacteria first.
- Apply the leather cleaner on the cloth (don't overdo it, the cloth shouldn't be soaking wet).
- Rub down your wallet with the cloth until you finally spot its original color again :) You might need to rub it down a couple of times, depending on how serious the stains on your wallet are.
- Dry it off with a fresh towel first, then wait a few hours before putting your stuff back in (the towel won’t dry it completely). One more important thing: avoid placing the wallet in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Sunlight will dry the leather a bit too much, increasing the chance of fading or cracking.
- Happy with your cleaning results? Give your wallet some extra care using a leather conditioner (yes, this really exists). It'll make it look fresh and well taken care of, which (especially when combined with a warm patina) is something we all want, right?
Apply your leather cleaner
In case you want to know more about how to clean leather
We couldn't have written this article if it weren’t for several trustworthy information sources. Should you want to find out more about leather cleaning in general, check out these sites: How to Clean your Leather Wallet on eBay, How to Clean a Leather Purse on How To Clean Stuff and How to Clean a Leather Purse on wikiHow.
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