Top Tips for Motorcycle Leather Care
Motorcycle leathers are an important part of riding, giving you a sense of protection and identity when you are on your bike. Bike Leathers are a very valuable piece of equipment and here at Renapur, we think it is important to take the time and care needed to preserve your leathers for as long as possible.
Below we have outlined our top 10 tips for effective motorcycle leather care, which will enable you to use and enjoy your leathers for years to come:
- When purchasing a new leather item it is important to ensure it is treated to prevent permanent stains. Prevention is the best cure. Unprotected leather is at risk of spotting from water and other fluids, however it is important to use a leather care product that will not clog the pours of the leather, allowing it to breathe.
- When purchasing a leather item be sure to check for good quality hardware such as buttons and zips. Ventilation is important when riding and zippers will see many years of use.
- Remember that no motorbike leather is meant to get wet. Allow wet or damp leather to dry naturally away from any source of heat. Apply a little leather conditioner when the leather is nearly dry to restore flexibility.
- In order to retain the shape and quality of your leather, hang your leathers on a wide padded hanger. Use shoe trees or newspaper in shoes and boots.
- Dry environments can cause your bike leathers to dry out and crack, which needs to be prevented. Regularly condition the leather in order to keep it supple and well maintained. In order to prevent mildew try to protect leather from excessive humidity.
- We recommend that you never use caustic household chemicals to clean leather. Also, avoid leather preparations that contain alcohol, as well as turpentine and mineral spirits that can pull colour.
- If you have matching leather items, ensure that these are cleaned at the same time as there may be a small colour change after commercial cleaning.
- In terms of storage, never store your leather goods in plastic bags or other non porous covers. If the leather must be kept in a bag ensure it is well ventilated, allowing the material to breathe.
- As we approach the winter months, it is important to remove any salt deposits from shoes and boots by sponging with clean water.
Then follow the treatment recommended above for wet or damp leather. Small repairs to leather can be achieved using rubber cement. For more information about how Renapur products can help you care for your motorcycle leathers, visit the Renapur website. http://www.renapur.co.uk
Article source: Renapur
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