How to maintain your leather belt?
Leather is a living material that must be treated with care if it is to be kept for a long time.
We are going to give you some advice or tips and tricks to take care of your belt over time and clean it properly. It is part of the little daily attentions that you will take care of your genuine and natural leather belt. By following these few specific tips you will keep it in its original condition and over time you will help it to obtain a nice patina.
Taking care of your belt starts with some simple tips for wearing and storing it.
First advice: if possible do not wear the same leather belt every day: Indeed, leather being a living material, over time it will take the shape of your waist and your pants and your hanger will not will be more linear.
Second tip: store it properly When removing your pants, don't leave your belt on
in addition your spouse may not appreciate seeing your clothes lying on the floor ;-)
For greater durability it is necessary to hang the belts by their buckles.
As you can see in our shop, we store them vertically using a hook where we hang them by the loop. In your walk-in closet or wardrobe, for example, on the back of a door or on one side of the cabinet, you can have long nails on which you can hang your belts by sliding the buckles through. You can also find hangers with hooks on the market, or make one yourself using a hanger and hooks.
Another possibility, if you do not have room to hang them in this case wind them like this: Pass the strap through the outside of the loop then wind the strap around itself inside. So they won't run in your drawer for example.
Finally and be careful, leather cannot stand the sun or places that are too humid, so store your belt in a dry place and protected from humidity.
Small reminder of the types of leather
The maintenance is different depending on the type of leather, here is a little reminder on the types of leather.
"Cowhide leather" is the generic term for bovine leather.
Full grain leather is obtained using the outer part of the hide. This leather is the one with the fewest flaws and the most resistant.
A rectified grain leather has been lightly sanded to remove flaws.
Velvet leather with a suede appearance: it is the "flesh" side of the skin which has undergone a treatment giving it a velvety appearance.
Crust of leather: Crust is the lower part of the hide obtained when splitting thick leathers into two sheets.
Nubuck is a leather obtained by very fine sanding the grain side and will not hide skin imperfections. A real nubuck is therefore a leather made with a very high quality skin.
Suede or suede or velvet is obtained from the inner part of the leather which has been sanded or even scraped.
Clean a leather belt
You can use the same cleaning products and accessories as for your shoes. For its maintenance, you can use ordinary shoe polish or beeswax. Avoid products containing solvents.
Use a clean, slightly damp cloth beforehand; Once the leather is completely dry, apply your shoe polish with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Let it dry then rub gently.
Shoe polish or beeswax will "nourish" the leather, protect it and maintain it. It will prevent your leather from drying out and hardening and on the contrary, it will soften it.
And then you will see it for yourself: Quality leather ages well and becomes more and more beautiful with use.
Avoid using clay stone to remove a stain, the stain will actually come off but also the surface treatment and the leather grain.
Cleansing milk or moisturizing baby milk contains a lot of water and is not nourishing enough to maintain leather, so use only when troubleshooting.