First up, get to know your gear.
Check up on it regularly.
Touch IT ... Smell IT ... Wear IT ... Love IT !!!
We use the best quality leather we can get our hands on, so your gear is gonna be pretty durable,
but it’s still a natural product that requires some care.
Here’s what to do.
After a party:
Ok, so your gear is all soggy from sweat and whatever else.
Trust us, it can take a beating, but now you need to show it some love.
- Wipe down your gear with a clean, damp cloth.
Microfiber cloths are great, but if you don't have one a hand towel will do.
- Hang it out to dry in a cool, well-ventilated place, out of the sun.
- Apply a leather conditioner.
Most hardware, supermarket, or shoe stores will have some, or you can buy online.
We have used a variety over the years and most work well.
Taking the time to regularly clean your gear is more important than the brand or price of the conditioner.
Read the instructions and test it in an inconspicuous spot.
Look for a conditioner that does not contain dyes or darkens the leather, (i.e. don’t use black or coloured boot polish).
Keep somewhere cool, dry, well-ventilated and protected from direct sunlight.
Do not store in plastic bags.
Every couple of months:
Check up on your gear every couple of months, especially if you aren’t wearing it regularly or live somewhere humid.
As with the "After a party" care above;
- Wipe with a damp cloth,
- Hang to dry,
- Condition the leather to maintain oil content, and
- Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.
If you have light coloured leather we recommend a leather protector as well to help prevent scuff marks.
Like the leather conditioner, you should be able to pick some up from most hardware, supermarket, or shoe stores, or buy online.
As always, read the instruction and test first.
We found that nickel hardware took a bit of work to keep in good shape so we have upgraded all our hardware (O-rings, D-rings, buckles, snaps and rivets) to stainless steel.
If you have older gear with nickel hardware you'll need to rub the hardware with metal polish regularly to stop them rusting and tarnishing.
Generally, no maintenance is required with the rubber, black metal or stainless steel.
- Do not machine wash or dry.
- Do not soak when cleaning, or wring dry.
If it gets soaked, remove excess moisture with a towel and lay somewhere flat or hang to dry.
- Do not store wet.
- Do not dry with heat. No laying it on radiators or heaters.
- We don’t recommend dry cleaning either.
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