Leather is durable and an ideal choice for outdoor activities. It is important that you care for your Reliance Leatherworks product properly to ensure it lasts. To care for your product, follow these basic steps:
- As needed, clean your leather with a damp cloth.
- If you notice any signs of mildew, such as dark spots or a musty odor, clean your leather immediately.
- Apply the appropriate leather care products based on your environment and leather use.
- Store your leather in a cool, dry place.
Harsh, dry environments can damage your leather goods by causing the oils in the leather to evaporate. When the leather has lost its natural oils, fibers dry out and separate. This damage causes the leather to weaken, crack, and break. The leather essentially rots from the inside out. Dry rot can be caused improperly storing your leather in hot or dry conditions, such as attics, sheds, and garages.
When dry rot occurs, the leather appears grayish and loses its rich color. The leather begins to crack and show tears. You can also identify dry rot by the touch. Leather affected by dry rot feels harder, dryer, and more brittle than well-nourished leather.
To prevent dry rot, we recommend applying Aussie Leather Conditioner after gently cleaning the leather. Dry rot damage is permanent. Make sure you take care of your Reliance Leatherworks products in advance so they last a lifetime.
When leather is exposed to too much moisture, active bacteria are attracted to moist or wet conditions. Fungus, mold, and mildew infest your leather products. These growths cause the leather to rapidly deteriorate.
When wet rot occurs, the leather turns dark brown with green or gray mildew outside and in. Make sure you do not store your leather products in a wet or humid environment, such as a basement or damp cellar, which causes dry rot.
We recommend gently cleaning your leather and applying Snow-Proof Paste or 4-Way Care Leather Conditioner to prevent wet rot. Unlike dry rot, wet rot damage can be treated if the leather is removed from the moist environment, cleaned, and treated with leather conditioner. Prevention is the best way to care for your Reliance Leatherworks products.