To guarantee a long lifespan for your bag, one should invest in good maintenance and care products. Which product is best to use, depends on the type of leather. You can always find the type of leather of your BURKELY bag on our website for all collections that are still in stock. Is your product no longer there or are you still in doubt? Then you can easily test the leather with two small and simple steps.
Wet your finger and press it down on the leather in a circling motion for 5 to 7 seconds. In most cases, you will see that the moisture makes this spot slightly darker. Is this darkened spot no longer visible after 10 seconds? Then the leather has a coated surface, meaning it’s pigmented leather. Thanks to this coating, natural marks and imperfections are less visible and the leather is better protected against outside influences. This type of leather is very low maintenance, user friendly and needs little care. When in doubt, you can do a second test by scratching the leather with your nail in a discrete area. If the scratch doesn’t remain visible, you can be certain that the leather is pigmented.
Should the wet dark spot remain (partially) visible after 10 seconds, we are dealing with drum dyed leather where the hide has been immersed in dyestuffs, after which the surface has not been finished with a pigmented layer. When the scratch remains visible during the second test, it means the drum dyed leather has been finished with a layer of wax or oil. It’s also known as waxed leather. This leather often has a beautiful natural and sometimes more robust appearance with hues. Due to the way it was dyed, the leather has no protective coating, which makes proper care extra important.
When the scratch is only slightly visible, the leather is even in colour and feels smooth, it is smooth leather. This type of leather has, just like waxed leather, been immersed in dye, showing the natural hues. The difference with waxed leather, however, is that smooth leather often has a shiny gloss finish.
Should the surface leather not show a smooth effect but rather a velour-like one, we call it buffed leather. Examples of these are Nubuck and suede. The open structure allows an easy absorption of dirt, grease and moisture. Good protection is therefore extremely important. Additionally, pay close attention to proper use of the products, as wrong use of the maintenance and care products can also cause stains.
Lastly, there’s hair-on, where the fur of the animal can clearly be seen. Here, we recommend no care at all.