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Material guide: How to care for full grain leather

Full grain leather is a durable natural material that can last for decades with proper care.

However, it can be affected by the elements and the passage of time. At OWEN STITCH, we understand the value of owning a product for a long time. That's why this guide helps you care for full-grain leather.

Dry leather is a common issue, especially during the winter months when the air is dry and cold. Dry leather can appear dull and brittle, making it prone to cracking. To address this issue, use a conditioner specifically formulated for full-grain leather, such as beeswax. Rub a small amount of beeswax into the leather in a circular motion to moisturize and restore its natural luster.

Wet leather is less common but can happen due to spills, rain, or humidity. It can breed bacteria, mold, warping, and discoloration. To address wet leather, remove any excess water with a dry cloth, stuff it to retain shape, and dry it in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Once dry, use beeswax to protect it from future moisture.

Dirty leather can happen due to wear, dirt, grease, and other substances. It can appear discolored, dull and attract bacteria and odors. To address dirty leather, remove loose dirt and debris. Wipe it clean and dry in a well-ventilated area; once dry, use beeswax for extra protection.

Beeswax seems to be the answer to everything, and it is. Beeswax is a natural product that has been used for centuries to care for leather. The natural waxes and oils found in beeswax are able to penetrate the fibers of the leather, helping to keep it soft, supple, and hydrated.

We pride ourselves on working with full-grain leather every day. It was only a matter of time before we developed our own leather care solution: BWC300. In-house developed, hand-mixed and filled. Ethically sourced beeswax from local beekeepers. With a natural scent of a pine tree or lemon grass.

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