Caring for Ostrich Leather Products
There are hundreds of thousands of leather
products available on the open market these days, but Ostrich leather products
are increasingly considered to be among the highest-status, highly desired items.
While it is viewed by many as an exotic leather, ostrich leather is
increasingly popular in the fashion world and brings quality and beauty to the
items made from it.
The most distinctive and well known aspect of
Ostrich leather is it’s unique Quill pattern. These quills are the telltale indicators
of where the feathers were - and is an indicator of the quality - and therefore
the value - of an Ostrich leather product. There are Half Quill and Full Quill
variations, with the quality determined from the density of the pattern of the
leather. Regardless of whether your item is full or half quill, the methods for
caring for Ostrich leather won't change.
While caring for Ostrich leather is not
difficult or complicated, there are some things to consider that you might not
need to think about with other products. For instance, Ostrich leather can
react to the oils of your skin, and unlike your leather jacket, you are likely
to be handling it far more often - holding the handle or strap of an Ostrich
leather bag for instance. So for items such as handbags or briefcases, there
may be a different type of leather used for the handle, or it may include a
cover for this area. Even if no care is taken in this area, this can be
considered to be natural wear and tear over time, as you would expect with any
If you do not plan to use your ostrich
leather item for an extended amount of time it is recommended to store it in a
soft cloth bag or wrapped in tissue paper.
Many ostrich leather products are packaged in a small bag when you
received it. Hint: Keep that bag and use it as a storage bag when necessary.
Most leather products are easy to maintain
and clean, and just like most other leather products, when it comes to caring
for Ostrich leather you should ensure that you are not using any chemicals or
abrasive products that might come in contact with the leather. When you feel it
is necessary to clean your ostrich leather product, using a dry, soft cloth is
recommended. If your ostrich leather
product gets any liquid spilled on it, you must dab the leather with a soft dry
cloth to soak up as much of the spilled liquid as quickly as possible. Leather as a general characteristic is very
porous and will soak up any liquids that spill on it so timing in removing any
spillage is important.
Most accidental spillages or marks, such as oils,
inks, or other types of liquids should be removed with a slightly dampened
cloth as soon as possible. But it should be considered that products with oil
contained in them can cause permanent damage to the surface, and should be
removed by adding a thin layer of talc over the affected area. This should soak
up the oily substance and can be wiped away easily to leave a clean surface. At
no time should household cleaning items be used to attempt to remove stains or
marks as these are likely to only cause damage.
If you spill ink based items on your ostrich
leather product can be a tough prospect.
Ink, in it’s nature, is a dye.
Leather, being a naturally porous material, will soak up any ink very quickly. The longer ink remains on the surface of the
leather the deeper it will penetrate into and color the leather. If the ink has soaked into the leather strong
products would be required to remove it and this would damage the underlying
leather and would necessitate replacement of your ostrich leather item. This Leather
Ink Remover product is recommended for cleaning ink from leather products
but it is not a sure thing.
Some items made from Ostrich leather are more
exposed to the harshness of the environment than others. For example, a pair of
ostrich leather boots will need cleaning more regularly and more thorough care
than a wallet or mobile phone case. For heavy use items made from ostrich
leather, only approved and tested cleaning products should be used.
When cleaning ostrich leather products, first,
brush away any dust or dirt from the leather surface, paying close attention to
detail areas where dust and grime can collect. A cotton bud can be used to get
into these small areas and remove any dust before any cleaning products are
applied. Once this is done, apply a thin
layer of ostrich leather conditioner, leather
shampoo or shoe crème to the surface of the leather and allow it to dry
completely. Once the conditioner or crème
has dried you can then buff the leather with a soft dry cloth in a circular
motion. Never use detergents or
chemicals to clean ostrich leather products as this can result in permanent
damage to the surfaces of the leather. Testing
of any cleaning products, crèmes or conditioners should be completed on a small
test area that is out of view, to ensure that it doesn't adversely affect the
quality of the product before use.
When cleaning, it is important to ensure that
any bumps, ridges and creases are cleared of the cleaning agent. Leaving any
cleaning products in contact with your leather item can cause visible staining
over time. Once you have cleaned your
leather product you can use a leather sealer or leather
protection product to protect it against dirt and damage.
When caring for Ostrich leather items which
are not in use it is essential that they be stored in a clean, dry and dark
place. Exposure to sunlight for extended periods of time can cause
discoloration and fading, just as would be the case with any other leather
products. Even artificial light can affect the color of the product, so
ensuring that your item is stored away safely will assist in keeping it looking
Caring for Ostrich leather products is
simple, and following the steps of care suggested above will help to give you
many years of use and enjoyment out of that luxury ostrich leather item that
I treated my ostrich skin boots and where the quill pattern is raised the color come off; why is this and what can I do?