You know the feeling. You’ve bought your four-legged friend a brand new bridle leather collar from Woofwerks. The collar appeals to you in almost every way – it’s lovely, stylish, and very natural. In fact, it looks great on your pooch and feels equally nice in your hand as you go for your morning walk. Unfortunately, with constant wear, your premium dog collars can get dirty and have that worn, used look. While the leather collar may not always get better and better with age, taking good care of your collar will go a long way in reviving its glamour and increasing its durability and longevity. In this guide, we take a look at some of the proven practices for caring for your best leather dog collars.
Just as with the purchase of your other leather products, it’s highly recommended that you condition the leather collar before using it for the first time. To do so, use a small piece of clean cloth or applicator sponge to apply a small amount of leather conditioner of choice. Give it a few minutes to air dry. Once the conditioner is dry, you may buff the collar to a shine with a second clean piece of cloth. Conditioning will help act as a protective barrier against water and dirt and will maintain the collar’s beauty for many years. Conditioning may also be done when the leather collar begins to feel dry, get a bit dusty, or when heading out into a blizzard or to the beach.
No matter how clean your lap dog stays, the collar he/she wears will at some point absorb grime, dirt, and skin and fur oils. It’s even worse for outdoor dogs that like to play at the dog park, chase balls, swim in lakes and streams, or roll in the mud. Luckily, cleaning leather is easy! In fact, most leather collars don’t need heavy-duty cleaning unless they are filthy. Under normal circumstances, leather can be washed using clean, warm water, a small piece of cloth, and a leather cleaner of choice. The process is simple: lightly dampen the clean cloth into the leather cleaner- like Saddle soap. Rub the leather cleaner onto the surface so that it penetrates the leather. Rub until all the saddle soap has been absorbed and then dry polish with a soft cloth. Other than saddle soap, you can use soapy water or a vinegar/baking soda solution.
However, if your dog takes the opportunity to jump into the water every time you visit the beach, it’s always a good idea to rinse the collar in freshwater. Applying a leather conditioner will help restore moisture and suppleness. If possible, avoid submerging your best leather collars in salt water; this makes the hardware susceptible to rust.
Important Things to Note
- With leather collars, direct sunlight is a no-no when they are stored. Also, direct heating or speed drying using a hairdryer can make it stiff and eventually cause cracks or shrinking.
- Never store your leather collar in a plastic bag. Ideally, storing it in a well-aerated place will help prevent mold and mildew.
Caring for your trendy leather collars is not a complicated task. However, it’s essential to keep your leather collars away from wet situations and extreme weather conditions. Also, don’t be tempted to over-clean your leather accessories. Maintenancing at least once a month is enough to get rid of the grime and prevent irritation and foul odors around your pooch.