In this way your BISAMBÄR camera strap becomes an heirloom
Our Camera Strap are made of waxed full-grain leather. Thanks to the high density of the fabric and the protective wax layer, it requires less maintenance than "normal" leather. However, if you notice that the leather feels brittle or dry, it is time for a little maintenance.
Since our vegetable tanned leather is not sealed by lacquer or the like, it develops a unique patina, and care products such as fats or oils are particularly well absorbed into the leather and thus ensure long-lasting suppleness. To ensure the longest possible lifespan of your BISAMBÄR product, it is important to maintain it regularly. Vegetable-tanned leather even has the ability to “heal” scratches by itself when properly cared for.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CARE FOR MY LEATHER PRODUCT?
How often you care for your leather product depends entirely on how it is used and the environmental influences to which it was exposed. Most of the time, it is sufficient if you rub it all in with a little fat for 2-3 months. However, you should be careful and act immediately if:
- The leather front or back feels hard and/or dry.
- Superficial cracks or tears in the leather.
- The leather has been exposed to excessive moisture, for example heavy rain.
WHAT DO I NEED TO CARE?
Leather fat: Colorless (!) Make sure that it contains as many natural oils as possible, as these penetrate deeper into the leather. A small amount of beeswax is also beneficial as an impregnation.
Applicator: To bring the fat on the leather, you can take a cotton cloth, a brush made of horse hair (synthetic brushes are too hard and produce scratches), or just use your fingers.
Water: Simple tap water is sufficient.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY LEATHER PRODUCT?
- Surface cleaning: Remove coarse dirt with a horse hair brush (if available) and clean with a slightly damp (not too wet) cotton cloth to remove dust and other particles. Leather soap or other chemical cleaners should only be used in an absolute emergency, as they dry out the leather considerably.
- Apply grease: The leather should be at room temperature if possible. Take your applicator and distribute a small amount of the fat in a circle on the leather. Massage it right into the leather. Do not worry if the leather darkens a little, that is quite normal and will go away again over time. Let the fat work for about 30 minutes and then remove any residue with a cotton cloth.
That's it, with a little practice, the right care hardly needs more than 5 minutes (depending on the size of the item) and it increases the shelf life of your product immensely.