WHY DO WE OFFER CARE ADVICE ON PRODUCTS?
The Chemical process by which animal skins are turned into pliable skin is known as tanning. This takes approximately six weeks to complete and includes up to 120 steps.
Tanning includes curing, preserving, soaking and de-hairing the raw skins, cleaning the flesh side (suede side) by soaking in a salt solution, wringing to remove excess moisture, splitting, shaving, dyeing, drying, conditioning, buffing, finishing, measuring and grading the skin.
A variety of finishes are used to enhance the natural beauty of leather. Aniline finish is like staining wood allowing the natural grain to shine through. Pigmenting is like painting – completely covering the natural surface. Nubuck is the top or grain side of the leather which has been buffed with a fine sand paper to give it that velvety appearance.
The most common finishes are aniline, pigmented, patent, metallic, oily, waxy suede and nubuck.
Leather permits the free flow of air and moisture, making it an ideal material for footwear. Because of the special nature of leather, it is of the utmost importance that your customer receive product care information when making their purchase.
SHOES WITH NORMAL LEATHER UPPERS
The object should be to build and maintain a continuous wax film over the shoe. To achieve this a renovating polish, shoe cream or clear conditioner must be applied. Every 7th wear is a good philosophy to use and create the object of building and maintaining a continuous wax film.
White shoes with a smooth Leather Finish.
Heavy Leather Footwear.
NON LEATHER FINISHES AND SUGGESTED CARE
The service which shoes give and their appearance after months or years, depends very much on how they are looked after. If shoes are cleaned REGULARLY the right way they will last longer look better, and keep their shape and resist water more effectively.
If shoes need drying, put them in a warm airy place,
NEVER DRY NEAR A FIRE OR ON HOT PIPES.