Leather can be virtually indestructible if treated properly. With a little bit of care and attention, your new leather will last well into vintage age and your vintage leather will continue to have a long happy life.
Storing leather properly when it is not being used is the most important thing you can do to keep it in its best condition. When leather is stored it should not be in extreme hot or cold, or in excessive dryness or humidity.
Keeping leather clean
Keeping leather clean and conditioned only takes a few minutes, but it will make a big difference in how good it looks. If a leather item lasted 30 years of abuse before getting to you, a little soap and water won’t hurt it.
Even leather isn’t adverse to stains, especially if it’s vintage and lived a previous lifetime before finding its way into your closet. However, you’re not required to live with the stains of its past; most leather stains will come out easily with a little soap and water.
Split has no content of the natural grain and is the lower layer of the natural grain obtained. Full grain leather is the leather that is formed just by removing the hair present on the epidermis of the hide. It is the most natural form of leather, since no polishing and finishing is done to the grain obtained.
Full grain leather is the most expensive and good quality leather. This leather, being in its most natural form, is the most popular type of leather.
Full grain leather, polished to remove or correct the scratches present on the grain is referred to, as corrected grain. The hides used in the corrected grain leather are of inferior quality. Split leather is leather made from the remaining part of the hide after the removal of the top grain. This leather is harder and cheaper than the full grain leather.
Split leather is comparatively more fragile and gets easily damaged, if not handled properly. Split leathers are often used to produce suede leather.