Leather and suede are natural materials and therefore they have specific features. It feels cool to the touch, has a breathable effect and a luxurious appearance. To enjoy your purchase to the fullest, maintaining the leather or suede is of the upmost importance. For that reason, we are happy to provide you with the following tips and tricks.
Leather in general is easy to maintain. Before wearing your bag, the leather needs to be sprayed with a special leather protecting spray. These sprays are available in our stores or in a local shoe repair shop.
Nubuck leather is brushed leather that feels soft to the touch. Nubuck leather goods need to be sprayed as well, from a distance of about 40 centimeters. Stains that appear on the leather are part of daily usage and also part of the characteristics of nubuck leather.
Nappa leather is very smooth to the touch and doesn´t need as much maintenance as the other types of leathers. It is far less vulnerable to stains, however, bags made of nappa leather need to be sprayed as well. For keeping the leather nourished and supple, rub it in with some colorless shoe polish once in a while.
Suede might rub off in the beginning, but that will wear down after some time. You could speed up the process by brushing the material with a special suede brush.
If you get stains on your leather items, you could try the following:
+ Rub leather on leather. Take a part of the same item or a piece of the same leather and gently rub it over the stain.
+ In case of an item made out of suede, always use a special suede brush. Brush gently.
+ Greasy edges or lighter spots on suede can be treated with a suede eraser.
+ White leather is easily soiled, but it can be treated with baby shampoo. Put a bit of the shampoo on a clean white cloth and rub gently over the stain.
In case of professional cleaning, always look for a certified leather dry cleaner.
RAIN AND SUN
Its not advisable to carry leather bags in the rain. If the material does get wet because of rain, try and let the bag dry at room temperatures. Never ever put the bag in front of or on top of a heater or in the sun. In case of an item made of suede, brush over stains or use the eraser, once the suede is really 100% dry.
In case of leather use some colorless shoe polish or leather cream..
In case of too much exposure to sunlight and or UV radiation, the colors of the material might change. Never leave leather items in the sun (like on the backseat of your car on a sunny day).
If you want to store your purchase for a longer time, use the dust bag provided with your Smaak bag. Do not use a plastic bag, as leather is a natural material and needs to breath. Fill the bag with old paper so it will keep its shape.