How To Care For Your Leather Wallet

When your wallet is your most prized possession, it pays off (literally!) to take utmost care of it. Here at Baurdi, we believe that your wallet deserves attention, right from its design, to production, and ultimately its usage. Now that we’ve got the first two stages covered, it’s up to you to go the extra mile and make sure you treat your beautiful leather wallet well. Why, you ask? A few simple reasons:

  • If maintained well, a full-grain leather wallet can last you decades
  • This means you save hundreds of dollars by being a little careful
  • You’re also helping the environment by minimizing waste
  • You’re giving your handmade Italian leather product the respect it deserves

And don’t worry; it’s way simpler than you think! Check out our easy guide to making sure your wallet ages as gracefully as George Clooney:

Rule #0 : Buy A Wallet Worth Preserving

Before we get started, let’s make sure we’re on track. There’s no question of caring for your wallet if it isn’t top quality to begin with. The lower the quality of the grain, the slimmer are your chances of keeping your wallet in shape. We’d always suggest going for a high quality full-grain Italian leather wallet, preferably vegetable-dyed.

Rule #1: Never Over-Stuff

This is the first, and arguably worst, mistake that most of us make with our wallets. We tend not to overthink what goes in, allowing them to become morbidly obese over time. What you don’t realise is that you’re doing irreparable damage, by stretching out the leather grain. There’s only one way to combat this, and that’s from the get-go. Make sure you only carry items that are absolutely necessary — limit yourself to a few important credit and business cards and a couple of bills.

Don’t make the mistake of lugging around expired coupons and old receipts in the hope that they’ll come to use sometime. Spring clean every two weeks to restock it with only the essentials, and you’re one step closer to having a healthier wallet.

Rule #2: Don’t Sit On ‘Em

We’ve already told you why you need to get your wallet out of your back pocket. Apart from affecting your body and health, sitting on your wallet also causes damage. Think about it: for several hours a day, you’re applying loads of pressure on its surface, causing it much strain. Be nice to your moneyholder and switch to front-pocketing. For more tips on how to make the switch, check out the article!

Rule #3: Always Use The Right Products

Leather is a unique, special material that calls for a different set of care instructions than you’re probably used to. There are three things that could damage your leather wallet : dirt, moisture, or the lack of it. Here’s what you do in each situation:

Cleaning Leather

Since you use it everyday, it’s only natural that your wallet gets dirty from time to time.

Do: Use a damp cloth as soon as you notice dirt or a stain. If it has already set in, use a leather conditioner to ease it out. This will remove only the stain, and not the dye.

 

Don’t: Use soaps and detergents to clean your leather, as they may affect its composition. Only use products that are designed specifically for leather use.

Drying Leather

Whether you get soaked in the rain or accidently spill some water over your it, here’s how to dry it properly.

Do: Wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth and allow it to dry at room temperature, making sure that your wallet is in its original shape.

Don’t: Use a dryer, or subject the wallet to extreme temperatures; this creates wrinkles.

Moistening Leather

When you see cracks on the surface of your wallet, it’s a clear sign of dryness. Just like your own skin, your leather needs a bit of moisture to regain its smoothness.

Do: Rub a leather cream or solution designed to provide moisture. Baurdi recommends that you go with an all-natural product that won’t mess up the vegetable dye. Apply a small amount with a lint-free cloth.

Don’t: Allow your wallet to get super dry before doing the above. Make a habit of conditioning your wallet regularly.

Your wallet is an integral part of your daily wardrobe, considering just how many times you whip it out daily. Follow these simple steps to be certain that you’re always carrying the most stylish, well-kept wallet.