How to care for your leather belt

Luxury leather belts offer much more versatility than any other accessories for men and women. They can be worn for nearly any occasion, ranging from casual to formal events. Leather complements almost all styles and colors, making a belt an essential accessory to enhance your appearance and style. However, as high-quality leather is nothing more than an animal's skin, you need to take care of it to maintain its beauty and pliability. It must breathe and be hydrated. Here are some steps that you should take to keep your belts in tiptop shape.

Treating stains

Stains can mar the appearance of belts, and you should take steps to remove them promptly. Pour a bit of liquid glycerin soap on a sponge. Then rub the stain with the sponge and lightly rinse with water. Lay the belt flat to dry. Once it is dried, apply grease, oil, cream, or shoe polish to nourish it. Some creams combine soap and nourishing oil and can be used instead of glycerin soap.

Keeping belts dry

If leather belts get wet repetitively, they can harden and crack. If water, coffee, or your favorite wine lands your belt, let it dry naturally, do not use a hairdryer or other drying device (no microwave, please). Using a heat source will dry out the belt's skin and make it brittle and hard. In most cases, heat from your body will help to soften your belt. But if it takes too long for your liking, use a nourishing cream to soften it. Refer to the paragraph above is the liquid leaves a stain.

Maintaining the shine

Impurities, dust, sweat, and other debris can enter the pores of your belt and affects its aspect. When belts come into frequent contact with body sweat, they can develop foul odors. If that happens, scrub them on both sides using a banister brush and refer to the paragraph above about stains.

If you use your belt frequently, nourish it every three to six months. For more occasional use, once a year should suffice. Use a microfibre cloth or sheepskin glove with dubbin wax or nourishing cream for vegetable tan leather. You can also use our high-quality grease, which we include at no additional cost for any purchase of a belt (wrists belt not included). Just pour a generous amount of cleansing milk directly onto the cloth or glove. Do not add water first. Then, use the glove or microfibre cloth to rub the belt's surfaces.

Proper belt storage

Many people make the mistake of rolling up their belts in their cupboard. If you do this, they might develop creases and cracks over time. As we mentioned earlier, your belt needs to breathe just like your skin. Store your belts straight in a relatively dry area. The wine cave is not the best place to store a belt due to its high humidity. Keep your belts on a hanger but do not roll it over the hanger. Instead, loop them through the hanger's top so that they can hang straight down. Make sure to give your belts some space so that they can breathe easily.

Just like any luxury item, a belt requires proper care to stay in great shape. If you are careful, you can expect it to last for years to come. Keeping your belts dry, maintaining and conditioning them, promptly treating stains, and properly storing them will extend the time that you will be able to wear them.