T.L.C FOR YOUR LEATHER ITEMS
Please read the below to ensure you have the absolute best care and long lasting wear for your purchased Leather items.
*If your Leather item becomes wet, let it dry at room temperature.
*If your Leather item becomes stained, gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth.
*It is a good idea to use a repellent product to condition your Leather items.
*Do not store your Leather item in a hot or damp area.
*Leather items needs to be stored in a temperature controlled environment.
*When storing Leather items make sure they are ventilated to prevent them from moulding.
*Do not cover your Leather items with plastic. The plastic will cause the Leather to dry out.
*If you will be covering your Leather when you are storing it, cover it with a breathable cloth like cotton sheets.
*Avoid exposing your Leather to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
*In the case of 'Oily' leathers, there may be 'Colour bleeding or migrating', it is also possible that natural oils and waxes, which have been used for the tanning process, could migrate out of the leather and stain your light coloured garments. This is the special character of the leather and is unavoidable. It is recommended, that for the first few wears, clothing should be darker, allowing any excess oils to be rubbed off, without harming your clothing. We cannot be held responsible for such an occurrence.
* Leather stretches, and will not shrink back. If you stretch a leather bag when wet or very humid, it will stretch even faster.
All Leather items can last for a lifetime if they are regularly maintained and treated well. Leather is skin and just as you would clean your own, you need to clean and nourish your Leather to help retain it’s durability and texture.
*Leather conditioners should be applied with a soft cloth to not only help in the cleaning process, but to also provide good water repellent properties.
*Continual contact with moisture (sweat, rain, alcohol, etc) can cause the Leather to stiffen. Before you start cleaning the full surface of your Leather item, test out the cleaner on a smaller, less visible area. Wait a few minutes. If you don’t notice any colour distortion, proceed with the rest of the item.
*Always apply Leather protector on clean, dry Leather. Apply it periodically and make sure the item is dry before wearing it.
*When cleaning your Leather NEVER use strong detergents such as laundry detergent. Always choose a product that helps preserve the Leather’s natural lubricating oils rather than strip them away. Most cleaning products sold in department and shoe stores are safe. But, it never hurts to ask.
*If your Leather has been dampened, restore it’s flexibility by applying a bit of conditioner just before it dries out completely. Please refer to "Products" below for companies we recommend using.
*Leather should never be dried in front of a direct heat source as this damages the Leather and also causes the hide to stiffen. Make sure to clean and treat your Leather before it’s dry. Never use heat to dry Leather (it should air-dry) and always stuff the garment while it is drying, in order to make sure it maintains it’s shape.
*Clean your Leather goods as often as possible to ensure they are dust free at all times.
*Never use caustic household chemicals to clean your Leather items.
*All types of Leather need conditioning. The fats and/or oils found in conditioners help lubricate leather and replenish it’s suppleness.
*Protection is perhaps the most important step of Leather care. Obviously, you should try to protect every new Leather item before wearing it.
Sometimes, professional cleaning will be the only way a leather product can be maintained. In this case, seek the help of a dry cleaner with specialist skills in leather.
Dry cleaning is a complicated process where important oils are removed from leather. Normally these oils would lubricate the leather fibres, keeping them soft, but their partial removal can leave garments feeling firmer and lighter in appearance after dry-cleaning. The dry cleaner therefore needs to put oil back into the garment after cleaning to soften it and bring it back (as near as possible) to its original feel and colour.
There are a variety of products on the market, and we have not tested them all. We are unable to recommend a particular brand, but we can suggest to check out the below companies that do specialize in Leather cleaning and protective products:
Because Leather is a skin and is from a natural source, for this reason, any imperfections, creases, colour shades and irregularities, or non-uniformity in the leather and colour are to be regarded as features of quality and authenticity, not defects. With age, the leather may change, as with all natural products.
The Grande Dame will not take responsibility for any kind of damage done as a result of irresponsible treatment of the product.
The Grande Dame hope’s you share a lifetime of unique memories with your newly purchased Leather item.