Your Nilah should last a lifetime, as long as it’s cared for properly. Below are some general care guidelines.
If you would like, you may pre-treat your Nilah with a Water and Stain Shield. It is recommended you reapply protection every 6-12 months (depending on the weather conditions in your area and how often it is used). Cover any embellishments with a towel or soft cloth and follow the manufacturer directions.
Avoid spraying hairspray or perfume while wearing your leather goods.
Under normal wearing conditions, regular dry-cloth dusting will suffice. Because our leather has been pre-treated, should an accident happen, most items may be wiped away without staining. However, oils, ink and perspiration can be tricky. For these, we recommend you contact your dry cleaner as they often offer professional leather cleaning and repair services.
Liquid – If leather becomes wet, gently blot liquid immediately with a white clean cloth, then air dry at room temperature.
Scratches – We encourage these imperfections as we believe they add to the charm and personality. If you don’t, rub gently with a clean cloth and leather conditioner or oil.
Self cleaning – Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to test results. Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.
In addition to prevention treatment, keep in mind that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain its beauty.
You should expect your Nilah to stretch and soften a bit with use. The stretching won’t affect the durability of your vest – it will simply make it more comfortable.
It is suggested to condition leather occasionally to replenish its suppleness and help retain its durability and texture. How often to condition will be determined by usage and if the item is exposed to hot, sunny conditions or moisture. This can be done at home with leather conditioners or oils. If in doubt, have your leather cleaned and maintained professionally.
As with all fine clothing, it’s best to hang your leather on a velvet/felt, wide wooden or padded hanger. Keep in a temperature-controlled environment and out of direct sunlight. Never cover with plastic but instead use a breathable fabric like linen, muslin or cotton. This will protect your garment against dust and the leather will be able to breathe.