Practical, stylish and dependable. A go-to accessory, unwavering in its support. A loyal leather belt is a coveted item for any man’s wardrobe. Knowing how to care for a leather belt properly is essential to really get the most out of it. If you treat your belt with the care and attention it deserves, it will serve you faithfully for a lifetime. Here we’ve gathered together the most important tips on how to care for a leather belt. With this expert advice, you’ll have your leather belt care routine polished in no time.
1. Get the right fit
The first step of effective leather belt care comes before you even make a purchase. Ahead of investing in a belt, make sure you know your belt size. For some useful tips on how to find your belt size, take a look at our handy guide.
2. Avoid heat and humidity
You’d be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t matter where you store your leather belt, but damp and humid environments can sometimes damage leather. When the humidity level creeps above 50%, the excess water vapour in the air can seep into the leather’s pores, fostering the formation of mould and mildew. Leather is also susceptible to damage in hot areas, where it can dry out and even crack. It is especially important that if you live in these environments to apply a good quality leather conditioner on a regular basis (once or twice a year).
3. Apply conditioner
Another important part of caring for a leather belt is the application of conditioning products. These contain moisture and other essential ingredients that protect leather from drying out and help to deter dirt. Simply apply a small amount of conditioner to a dry cloth and rub it all over the belt, covering both sides. Then let your belt air-dry. Remember to condition your belt in moderation - if you do it too often, you risk saturating it.
4. Keep it dry
Leather and water are not the best of friends. If your belt gets wet, we’d recommend blotting it with a towel and letting it dry naturally. Hang your belt in an open area at room temperature, leaving it to air dry - don’t try to accelerate the drying process with hairdryers or other heat sources, as this could leave your belt hard and brittle.
5. Clean your belt
Certain regular attention must be given to a leather belt to protect its attractive characteristics and liberate it of any odour. Neglecting simple maintenance of your belt can ruin its charm and even result in damage. To clean your belt, simply wipe it down with a lukewarm damp cloth. However, keeping in mind the acrimonious relationship between leather and water, be sure not to saturate the cloth or you risk damaging your belt.
Colville Leather lifetime warranty
We believe in the quality of our products so much that, where care instructions are followed, Colville Leather will offer a warranty on the craftsmanship of every item we sell. We also provide a lifetime of support in caring for your leather products, helping you get the most from your lovingly-crafted Colville items.
We hope this guide to leather belt care will help you enjoy a long-lasting relationship with your belt. If you have any questions about how to care for your leather belt, feel free to contact us. And if you have any helpful tips on leather belt care, why not share them with us on social media!