Whenever we buy shoes, bags or jackets made of leather, one question always comes to our minds about what to do, if a storm blows in and your jacket or shoe gets wet? Are they in peril?
In one sentence: NO, there’s nothing to worry about, if you take the necessary steps once they are wet.
Do you remember, our ancestors used to make utensils and even vessels for drinking water with leather?
But if you leave it wet for a long period of time: YES, it’s absolutely in danger.
Helpless treatment adds up, and permitting pollution to set for a really long time can have heartbreaking results.
Leather is kept alive by utilizing a mind-boggling breathing cycle that permits it to retain supporting oils and inhale out dampness. Whatever you do to secure your leather, you need to guarantee this breathing cycle can proceed, or your leather can dry out.
Step 1: Blot Out Water
It’s okay if your leather is a bit wet. But if your leather is wringing wet, you’ll need to blot out as much water as you can with a clean towel. It’ll help the leather to retain the nourishing oils found in it and prevent it from drying out. Remember not to wipe the soaked leather, as it’ll push moisture further into your leather.
Newspaper can also be used to draw moisture out. Just place the newspaper inside the shoe and wait for it to be completely wet and then replace the paper. Continue this process, until it is no longer soaking up the moisture.
Step 2: Naturally Dry Your Leather
After your leather stops wringing wet, let it be dry at normal room temperature. Using a hairdryer or the sun’s natural powers won’t be a good idea as it can make the leather drier and change its shape.
Step 3: Condition Your Leather
As your leather is completely dried, you’ll need to give it back some moisture to protect it from any future damages. Conditioners not only provide vital nutrients and oils, but also help the leather breath and glow.
Applying conditioners gives your leather a protective shield that let your leather breathe without taking in any unwanted minerals.
A good conditioner for leather would be the Chamberlain’s Leather Care Liniment. The Liniment’s versatility is immediately evident, adapting with ease to beautify and enrich nearly any kinds of leather, from full-grain and vegetable-tanned to exotic crocodile and deerskin. So, if you’ve got leather, Liniment’s got you covered.
And once you've restored the leather's natural oils, you can then start protecting your leather with Leather Water Protectant.
Soaked Car Seat?
If the soaked leather you are talking about is your car seat cover, you’ll barely face any issues. Those car seat manufacturers provide some coatings made of different pigments by-default to safeguard your leather, as cars are meant to be exposed in any weather situation.
But it doesn’t matter where your leather is, the point is, you should have some countermeasures ready if it accidentally faces a storm and gets wet.
Even though leathers are non-living, you should realize that from the absolute second you buy it, you are buying something that should be compared to possibly a plant. With care, it will inhale and shine. Without care, it'll start crying.