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What care is needed for leather dog collars

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Regularly clean leather dog collars with a damp cloth and treat with a leather conditioner every 3 months to maintain flexibility and prevent cracking.

Cleaning Your Leather Dog Collar

One thing to remember when you have a leather dog collar is that in order to make it last longer and stay as comfortable as it can be, it needs regular washing. However, it is a wrong approach to think that washing it with clean water will suffice. In fact, you need to follow certain rules when dealing with leather dog collar, as by not doing it properly you can easily cause irreparable damage to the gear.

First of all, take the collar off your dog’s neck. Then, take a damp, soft piece of cloth and clean grounds. Remember to never bring as much water to contact with leather as water in a huge quantity saturates the material and makes in turn less durable. Then, use some pet gear-specific leather washing agent or mild soap in order to clean the dog collar properly. Rub the collar with agent spread on it using yet another damp cloth. Wash the gear with another damp cloth and finally let the gear desiccate away from direct sunlight or any heating devices.

Maintaining the Collar

As I have mentioned, cleanig the item is not enough to ensure it is well-maintained. Thus, every two months you need to apply a good-quality leather conditioner. It is vital, since leather loses its natural oils and in turn, its durability and ease, very quickly, and if not supplemented with extra amount of oils, it will quickly become fragile and break. So, get a piece of another soft cleaning cloth and apply small amounts of leather conditioner on it then gently massage the leather using equal movements to ensure entire surface is redolently-conditioned. Then, wait about 30 minutes until the item fully absorbs the conditioner and for the rest of it to be wiped away with yet another clean, dry cloth.

Analyzing the gear and finding it with stretched holes or frayed edges due to all these many years of wear and tear, you should probably consider either fixing the damage with some measures you know, or just completely replace it, which would probably be a safer thing to do.

Products to Use and Avoid

When caring for a leather dog collar, the choice of products is as important as the actual cleaning process. Opt for leather cleaners and conditioners that are specifically targeted at pet products. Usually, these products will be milder than leather cleaners for jackets or shoes, and they will be safe for your pet’s skin.

See whether the cleaner in questions is balanced for the pH of leather and does not contain any harmful chemicals, like petroleum or silicone. These ingredients can slowly dissolve your leather away. If any product states that it is safe for fine leather, it might be a good pick as that’s the kind of leather used in dog collars.

What is more, steer clear of any product containing alcohol, as it dries up the leather and makes it crack prematurely.

Stay away from any cleaners containing harsh detergents or abrasives that can damage the surface of the leather or destroy its fibers.

Recommended Products

You should consider saddle soap and natural balms for the best effect. Saddle soap is great at cleaning and preserving the collar and can help retain the leather’s flexibility too, without removing vital natural oils. leather balm, often made of natural oils and waxes, creates a barrier that shields the material and keeps it soft and reasonably water-resistant.

When applying any product, always test a small, out-of-the-way area of the collar first to check if the product does not ruin the color of the leather or make it look dirty.

Editor’s note on what products to avoid

Steer clear of any products not meant to be used on leather. Over-the-counter cleaners and oils are not intended to be used on animals; even olive oil, as a natural substance, is more likely to be too harsh or not advised for use at all. Another alternative, baby wipes, usually come with alcohol and propylene glycol, which might also damage the collar. Remember that the most important part of maintaining a collar is the use of a proper, good-quality cleaner and washing it thereafter with water. Be wary of products that might do your leather more harm.

Dealing with Extreme Dirt

If your leather dog collar has accumulated an extreme level of dirt after a long hike or your dog’s puddle adventures, your collar will surely require a more thorough cleaning process. To start the process, use a soft brush to fill in the collar. This will help to remove any caked-on mud or the like without scratching the leather when you start cleaning it.

After the dirt is removed, use a composition of a mild leather cleaning substance and warm water. Use a soft cloth dipped in solution to clean the leather thoroughly. Important, the fabric should be well wrung out to avoid soaking through the leather, and it’s not safe for cleaning products to be too prevalent. If some stains are too stubborn to be cleaned off with a single wipe, apply a small amount of leather cleaner to the problem area and gently rub with a soft brush. This will allow you to process the contaminated area without adding extra moisture to the entire collar.

Deep Cleaning Techniques

If the collar is significantly dirty, a good option is to use special leather shampoo. Take a small amount of item and rub it gently into the leather with a soft cloth or sponge to create light leather. Rub gently around the collar, focusing a little harder on the most dirty areas.

Finally, when the collar is completely warm, clean the collar with a clean, damp cloth, carefully tucking away residue from soaps and other cleaners. Over time, the residues leave on the leather can make it more prone to dirt or even excessively dry out.

Final Drying and Application

Finally, after thoroughly cleaning the leather, let the collar dry naturally. It is best to avoid using any heat sources intended to accelerate the drying process, such as hair dryers or radiators. After the leash is dry, you will need to apply leather care cream to help recover the leather’s essential moisture and elasticity. Not only will the conditioner restore moisture to the leather, but it will also add a protective layer that will increase the leather’s resistance to dirt and other hazardous substances.

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Avoiding Direct Sunlight and Extreme Temperatures

If you treat your dog with love and care, you will likely want to prolong the lifespan of its leather collar. Leather is an organic material, and heat and humidity are among the adverse effects. Prolonged direct contact with sunlight is especially harmful to the material, causing it to fade and lose its softness. Consequently, avoid leaving your dog’s collar in the car or hanging it outside your house. If there is no use for the collar, leave it in a bedroom or hallway, but never near the window or on the radiator. As far as humidity is concerned, the leather of the collar will quickly become mildewy. It is safer to store the worn-out collar in an open cloth bag made of cotton . Plastic bags are not recommended as they enable the collar to absorb the trapped humidity.

Storing Leather Collars

The best fabric to store your worn-out leather collar is cotton as it is ventilated enough, which will let the moisture evaporate. Although wet leather is a result of rain, it might also worsen if enclosed in a plastic bag. Mildew will not be able to access the cotton fabric, thus preventing the leather from getting moist. Make sure to maintain stable humidity in the place you choose to store the collar. Moisture and heat cause the leather to expand, and when it becomes dry and cool rapidly, it harms the material of the collar.

Maintaining the perfect humidity level prolongs the lifespan of your dog’s leather collar, and thus it is your responsible to store it appropriately. If your dog experiences regular activity outside such as walking or running, try to limit its time outside, and even in the collar, especially on hot days. The same will apply to the skin. If it snows outside, do not leave the collar in the garage. The sudden difference in temperatures, from cold to hot, will also harm the material in the long run.

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