Restoring Leather - Preloved Clothing Online & Studio61

Restoring Leather

The recent downpours in Sydney have led to damp conditions, perfect for mould and yeast spores to thrive. These growths can quickly cover various belongings, including your cherished leather items like bags and jackets. Contrary to popular belief, mouldy leather can be restored with a few simple steps, saving you from discarding your favorite items.

To clean mould on leather and rejuvenate your leather jackets, all you need is white vinegar, a cotton cleaning cloth, an artificial chamois leather, and a White Magic Extra Power Sponge

Follow these steps to restore your leather items:

  1. Create a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and warm water. Soak the artificial chamois leather in the mixture, then wring it out until it's damp.
  2. Firmly rub the chamois over the leather item to remove and destroy mould spores, making sure to clean both the inside and the outside, including the lining. Rinse the chamois in clean water periodically and repeat the process if necessary.
  3. Allow the leather item to dry thoroughly in a sunny, windy spot or near a dehumidifier. The vinegar smell will dissipate, leaving the leather both conditioned and clean.

To further nourish and protect your leather items, consider applying a leather ointment like Leather Honey or Leather Milk .

Prevent future mould growth by placing desiccant sachets in the pockets and ensuring proper air circulation during storage.

If your leather items have scuffs or scratches, touch them up with products like Angelus leather paint and Waproo cream, using a fine paintbrush and natural daylight to match the color. For sealing holes or scratches, mix a PVA substance like Mod Podge with the leather paint and finally, condition the entire item with a nourishing leather cream.

With these tips, you can keep your leather belongings in pristine condition, regardless of the weather. And if you're a leather enthusiast, don't forget to explore vintage and designer leather handbags, shoes, and jackets both in-store and online.


Back to blog

Explore our new arrivals

Every week we refresh our collections with preloved treasures. Just a reminder that we have so much more stock at Studio61 Sydney, including many items priced from $50 to $100. As many items sell before we can feature them online, we encourage you to visit us at Studio61 to uncover affordable preloved designer and vintage clothing, bags and shoes.