PRECARE AND MAINTENANCE
Leather is just like your own skin. It reacts to factors like the (sun)light, water and dirt. Before using your BURKELY item, we advise you to treat it with the right maintenance products like a water- and dirt repellent spray. It is important to invest in the right maintainance products, like the ones from Collonil, to make sure you can enjoy the bag to the fullest.
When you have a waxed leather item, we advise to use the Collonil Carbon Wax Spray. Apply the spray at 30 cm distance and let it dry for approximately 30 minutes before usage. When you have a smooth or pigmented leather item, we advise you to use the Collonil Carbon Pro spray. The usage of this product is similar to the Carbon Wax spray. So, spray at 30 cm distance and let dry for 30 minutes. Lastly, we have the buffed leathers and suede and nubuck. In that case, use the Collonil Carbon Nubuck + Suede spray. The usage is the same as the previous products. What is of really high importance, is that when you want to use a maintenance product on a suede or nubuck item, it can never be one on a wax or other greasy substance base. This will cause stains on the leather that cannot be removed.
In our collection there are some bags that are made of two different leathers, like the Secret Sage for example. However, this does not mean you’ll need to use two different maintenance products. Just try to figure out what the most ‘vulnarable’ leather is and use that maintenance product for the entire bag. When in doubt, then always treat the bottom of the bag first to see if the leather has a normal reaction to the product. If so, you can use it for the entire bag.
Weatherproof leather is the one exception amongst our leathers. This leather is used in our Rain Riley collection, and it can resist water for up to 90 minutes. In principle, this leather is pre-treated, so no extra maintenance products are needed to keep it in good condition. If you still want to add extra protection, use Colonil Carbon Pro or Natural Wax-free Waterproof Spray. In no case use any maintenance products based on wax or other greasy substances, because these can cause stains.
We do need to add, that these sprays will only limit the damage, they will not 100% protect the leather. Therefore, try to minimize the usage of your BURKELY item in the rain since this can cause to leave little spots on the leather. If your bag does get wet, let it dry naturally. Never use a blowdryer or put it on a heated spot, since this can dehydrate the leather.
Do you want to store the bag for a while? Make sure to use a cotton bag and no plastic bag. Leather is still a natural product that needs to be able to breath. To keep the shape, fill the bags with some paper before storing it. When you want to use the bag again after storing it, it will be looking brand new.