Leather Care 101 – Vol. 2 What to do when watch leather straps get wet

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Sweat, moisture, and exposure to the elements can invite bacteria and lead to degradation of leather over time. To prevent this, I recommend applying a small, even layer of mink oil or high-quality leather conditioner to your leather goods once every 1-2 weeks. This helps nourish and protect the leather, keeping it supple and resistant to cracking or drying out.

When not in use, store leather straps in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Excessive heat and humidity can cause the material to dry out, while sunlight can cause fading and color changes over time.

If your leather straps, bags, or other items do get wet, it’s important to dry them out properly to prevent mold or mildew growth. Place the wet leather in a bucket or container filled with uncooked white rice. The rice will help absorb excess moisture from the leather. Let it sit for 12-24 hours, then remove the leather and allow it to air dry completely before storing or using again.

Proper conditioning, storage, and drying techniques like these will help extend the life and maintain the quality of your valuable leather possessions. Let me know if you have any other questions about leather care!

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