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Published on July 12th, 2014 | by Irev

How to Care for a Leather Belt

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There are some accessories that are worn by both men and women, and leather belts are some of them. A leather belt can showcase the toughness of a man or the cool fashion sense of a woman. Regardless of how and why you use a leather belt, it’s necessary for it to be taken care of so its durability and lustre can last longer. Caring for a leather belt is easier than you think. Below are some tips on how to care for a leather belt.

Caring for a leather belt begins even before using it. When shopping for a leather belt, you must make sure that it properly fits you. A belt that is too long for your waistline can quickly ruin it because the belt will bend around itself, resulting in creases and small lines. Measure your waistline or a pair of pants first to get the leather belt that matches it. At the most, it is recommended to go for one that’s one size bigger.

Conditioners aren’t just for your hair; leather belts also need conditioning. Keeping a leather belt conditioned doesn’t require special products; you can actually make your own leather conditioner. Simply mix a litre of warm or tepid water, 1 tablespoon of very mild natural baby soap, and 1-2 drops of vinegar together. Apply the mixture to a clean cloth, wring out the excess moisture, rub the cloth all over your belt, and air dry it. Conditioning a leather belt prevents moisture and dirt from accumulating.

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Brown Leather Travel Money Belt, Black/Tan Reversible Snake Leather Belt, Tan Leather Dress Belt

Eventually, over time, leather belts can have a certain odour or they can get stained or greasy, which means you have to clean it. To get rid of the stink, you can use a banister brush with mild soap, gently scrub both sides of the belt, and then rinse it with clean water. You can use a hairdryer to dry the belt, but ensure that the dryer’s nozzle is at least 15 centimetres away from the belt. To remove stains, oil, and grease, you can gently clean the belt with a piece of cloth rubbed in either Castile or saddle soap, then rinsing it by using a damp cloth.

Generally, leather and water don’t go together, so it’s important to keep your belt dry. If it accidentally gets in contact with water, wipe it with a towel or clean cloth and let it air dry. Another thing a leather belt shouldn’t come into contact with often is sweat. Moisture can ruin a leather belt, so blot out sweat and other forms of moisture on it as needed.

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Black Genuine Full Grain Leather Belt, Black Ribbed Embossed Genuine Leather Snap On Belt, Black Deer Scenery Embossed Genuine Leather Snap On Belt

Lastly, storing a leather belt correctly when not in use is also helpful. It’s best if you left it hanging instead of folding it or leaving it on as you sleep. Hanging it will prevent it from bending out of shape and developing creases. In addition, it is advisable to have at least two leather belts, which you can use alternatingly, so as not to wear them out easily. Also store leather belts in a cool, dry place because too much heat can cause deformation.

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