Jan 24, 2022 domenico Surace

Taking care of your leather phone case

Making your leather phone case last a lifetime

You may already be asking yourself, if my case is protecting my phone, why would I need to protect my case? As leather is a living material, it will lose some of its internal oil and stretch overtime and adopt a different texture to that which you bought.

 In certain cases, that is a good thing: exotic leather is adored for its uniqueness, no piece being quite the same in texture, tone, or patterns, and its shift overtime develops patinas and subtle signs of use and care.With the possibility of becoming the tailor of your leather iPhone accessory by choosing the maintenance style that is right for you, they are the ultimate luxury item

For example, polishing leather maintains its original shine, and is ideal for high gloss, formal or garden party items, which you may want to keep in their exquisite original condition.

 For others, more day-to-day use, more adventurous styles, you may want the piece to weather and develop its own unique character.

Instead of oils, a simple dusting and wipe with a damp cloth weekly can suffice to give your leather the lustre of that which has been taken across the world twice over. 

Especially when working with exotic leather of bright colours, care is important and specialist colour restoring balms are ideal twice a year or so, for a full recovery of the leather’s qualities. In other cases, gentle creams and conditioners will let the leather hydrate and remain supple, while also being able to remove light scratches. 

The daily routine for your Marnelo leather accessories 

But the best way to preserve your luxury phone case from scratches is to apply a certain number of tips and tricks on the daily to avoid scuffing and scratching the leather or getting it wet and wobbly.

Firstly, it is crucial to protect your leather phone cover from heavy hits, scratches, and that means avoiding contact with heavily embellished clothes, with a lot of zippers for example, sharp areas and surfaces, or big pieces of jewellery. Common sense dictates that if it is going to rain, you should be ready to protect your case, as wet leather requires extra care.A simple list of do’s and don’t

● Do regularly clean your leather phone cover with a soft brush or cloth.

● Do regularly air out leather, don’t let it sit in a pocket or face against a table.

● Do wipe away water droplets as soon as possible, before the leather takes it in and marks.

● Don’t dry wet leather next to a source of artificial heat, too powerful.

● Do keep leather supple with a specialised leather conditioner every 3-6 months.

Before applying to the whole piece, it’s good to test the product you are going to use in a small, concealable spot beforehand.Do clean spots and stains with hand soap and water but never immerse in water.

The ideal oiling process for your leather iPhone case

Certain types of leather, such as the ones we use to bring you the utmost quality, alligator, calfskin, ostrich and python, require extra care.

When brushing and applying oil, always make sure to work with the grain, and not against the pattern, to protect the integrity of the textures. While the previous cleaning methods are important and must be followed, you should take care of removing any product build up aftercare. A soft brush can work miracles.

Talcum powder or cornstarch can be used to help remove oil from leather if you have poured too much, or directly instead of on a cloth. Place a liberal amount of talcum powder or cornstarch over the stain, and let it sit overnight to absorb the oil.

In the case of important damage, scratches shallow and deep, you should start by cleaning the area and allow it to dry before applying any sort of care, in order to avoid trapping unwanted material in. If only the colour of your exotic leather case is compromised, but the leather surface is not, you can simply apply thin layers of a matching colour balm.

Blot away excessive amounts and apply a leather protector to avoid repeating the operation every time you go out. However, if the surface is deeply scratched, you should seek a professional, or use a leather filler to restore the even finish, before applying the steps above. For bi-yearly care, a number of options for oil and protectors exist, each with its qualities and flaws. Mink oil, and others, are naturally derived oils that can be applied directly to some leather surfaces.

Other leather oils are specially blended mixes of natural and synthetic oils, fats, and waxes.Mink oil has been used for centuries to oil leather. It is derived from the animal, usually rendered fat from the textile industry that allows for a full use of the animal. Mink oil is valued in large part due to its unsaturated fatty acid composition, which makes up about 70% of the oil.

These facts are what helps give the leather fibres flexibility.In more recent times, “Mink oil” has also been used to refer to other oils similarly produced from other animals such as pigs, and mixed with other lubricants, so beware that you find the real kind if that is what you are looking for.

The oil isn’t too heavy, when applied lightly, and works to slowly penetrate deep into the leather fibres. Neatsfoot oil is an oil conditioner that’s most commonly associated with being made from the bones and hooves of cattle, but it is often blended with other oils and petroleum-based substances.

Neatsfoot oil is a general term, so different brands might have very different formulations even though “neatsfoot oil” is in the name.

However, the chemical composition of neatsfoot oil also makes it prone to oxidising over time. This is especially true for older leathers. Thus, applying this oil will help condition the leather in the short-term, though speed up its decomposition in the long-term, making it brittle and prone to cracking.Lexol is a water-based mix of oils that do not contain any silicone or petroleum-based solvents or substances. This helps it penetrate the leather fibres deeply and evenly because the water support allows the oils to spread well over the fibres.

Lexol also is non-toxic, is not flammable, and is not greasy. This makes it a very different leather oil and conditioner than most others. On a different note, beeswax is great for your luxury leather iPhone case, being a natural substance used to provide a protective finish. It has a waterproof effect, helping it lock in moisture in the leather, natural or from a conditioner, and also provides some water resistance.