Saddleback Stain Solutions: Rain Soaked Leather
Saddleback Leather Finishes Quick Clean Score for Rain Soaked Leather (1=uncleanable to 10= easily cleaned)
Chestnut- 10, Tobacco- 9, Cobalt Black- 10, Dark Coffee- 10
Key Takeaway: Don't be too worried. Leather has a significant natural moisture content. Rain is not fatal to your bag. You'll just neeed to dry out the excess moisture without damaging the leather fibers. Read more for the details...
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So you got caught out in a storm with your beloved Saddleback briefcase. It's either gotten totally soaked or is showing splotchy water droplets on parts of the bag.
Don't worry, your bag isn't ruined... as long as you take the right steps to restore the correct moisture balance to the bag.
So let me give you some tips on how to dry out the bag without damaging the leather. Read more below..
(You may be thinking who is this guy and why should I listen to his leathercare advice. So at the end of the article I'll give you my creds and tell why I am helping the folks at Saddleback)
Tips on caring for your rain soaked Saddleback leather:
- Don't "Google it" for help- I have seen some crazy-bad tips floating out on the web for solving leather problems. Like this example from a real blog I found, "rub a banana peel on your leather to clean it"... Huh!?! Instead find someone who knows leather, specifically Saddleback Leather, and get qualified advice.
- Don't put the bag in the oven on a low temperature- Laugh if you will, but I've seen this advice for wet leather. It may work for a glove but not a fine Saddleback Leather Bag.
- Before the rain, treat your bag with a good conditioner or protector- This will cause moisture to bead on the surface of your bag instead of penetrating into the leather fibers. But be aware that the Tobacco and Chestnut finishes may darken when you add a conditioner.
- Blot with a towel and then use a hairdryer to evaporate excess moisuture- Carbon Black and Dark Coffee will probably only need a towel dry. But for Chestnut and Tobacco you can wave a hairdryer, on a warm setting, across the leather to evaporate the moisture.
- After drying the bag, you can use a good ph balanced leather cleaner to treat the leather- The ph of most rain is around 7, the ph of tanned leather is 4.5. A good leather cleaner will also have the lower ph and restore the ph balance to your bag.
- Use will soften your bag if it stiffens from the rain- Most leather is softened by milling. Milling is just moving the leather around to loosen the fibers. So just use it and it will soften back up for you.
So I hope you don't get caught in the rain with your Saddleback bag, but if you do this information will help you get it back in beautiful shape.
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"The unique finishes of Saddleback Leather" teaches specific tips on caring for each of the 4 Saddleback finishes.
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My dad says my first word was leather... but since that can't be confirmed, I'll just say I have 25 years in the leather biz. I'm now the 2nd generatioin owner of a leather cleaning, repair and refinishing company in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. I've seen every problem imaginable to leather and am glad to share my experience to help you.
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