Best Ways To Care For, Clean And Store Leather Belts

A guide to the proper way to care for, clean and store a leather belt.

The purchase of a new leather belt is an investment in style and money. Here are some ways to help you make that investment pay off for years to come.

Depending on how dirty your belt has gotten, the simplest way to keep it clean is to dust it off with a soft, dry, rag or cloth when you have finished wearing it. Dry, dusty dirt will wipe off easily and leave no traces.

If something accidentally spills on your belt, blot the stains with a clean cloth or rag and use and use a product that was specially formulated for cleaning leather, followed by a leather softening agent. Leather softeners and cleaners have essential oils in them to replenish the natural oils originally found in the leather used to make your belt. If your entire belt becomes wet, lay it flat and let it dry at room temperature. Never put a leather belt into the clothes' dryer as this can cause it to harden and lose its shape.

If you have a serious stain on your belt, bring it to your local dry-cleaning establishment and have them take care of it professionally. Be aware that dry cleaning if done improperly can cause further damage to your belt. Make sure that your cleaner is experienced in the proper method of dry-cleaning leather garments.

Properly caring for your leather belt will extend its life, as well as help you to avoid getting an irreparable stain on it. When you purchase a new belt, spray it with a high-quality water and stain repellent before wearing it for the first time and again approximately every three months while you own it. Don't wear the same belt every day as leather will stretch and mold to the shape of your hips. Giving it a break every other day will help it to retain its original shape.

When storing your leather belt it is recommended that you hang it from its buckle on a tie or belt rack. Folding it up in a drawer can cause it to wrinkle and eventually crack. If you need to keep it in a drawer, you should curl it up, starting with the buckle and be sure it is not disturbed in a way that can cause it to become misshapen.

If you do find yourself with a wrinkled leather belt, you can iron it by placing a piece of heavy brown paper, like a paper grocery bag, over it and using a cool iron. Overheating the leather with a hot iron will cause it to get an unnatural shine.

Never hang a leather belt where it will be in direct sunlight as it can fade. Keep your leather belt in a well-ventilated place. Never store a leather belt in an attic as it will become to dry, lose its natural oils and crack, or a basement where it will become to damp and become a home for mold and mildew.

With the proper use, care, and storage, your new leather belt will give you years of enjoyment.

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