Fetish for beginners: How to care for leather gear
13 April 2017
The leather scene is popular, but this type of gear requires some maintenance. If you're thinking about making your first leather purchase, you'll need to know how to get the most out of it.
When looked after properly, leather gear can last a lifetime, so it's well worth making the extra effort. Our guide will tell you how to clean, polish, protect and store your leather.
Protecting your leather
Leather may be tough, but that doesn't mean it can't be damaged. Water, urine and oil-based lubes can all dry-out and damage leather. You don't want your gear to feel stiff and nasty when you put it on, but you don't want to limit your play, either.
A specialist protector can create a barrier against water and oil-based stains and should be applied regularly – the day before your next leather night is a good time to do it. Only ever apply a protector on clean gear and ensure the leather is dry before wearing.
If your leather gets damp during play, take it off and let it dry at room temperature. Never place your leather so it's in direct sunlight for long periods of time, as this will dry it out. Remember, leather is skin: it needs moisture.
Cleaning your leather
With fetish play, stains are likely to occur. Some guys like their gear to be stained, but if you don't, they can be removed easily if done properly. First, blot the stain with a clean cloth – nubuck cloths are ideal for this, as you don't need any liquid to use them effectively.
If the stain remains, you need to use a specialist cleaning product. There's a wide range available, and it's wise to try the product on a small area at first, to ensure it does its job correctly and doesn't damage the material further. Never use a strong detergent on your leather as it will remove its natural lubricating oils.
Piss and oil-based stains should never be left overnight – you'll need to give your gear a quick clean following any watersports.
Polishing your leather
To give your leather a sheen, you can polish it from time to time. You'll need a fine polishing agent and a clean, white, lint-free cloth. Remember to test the polish on a small area first, as some will change the colour of your leather.
Once you've applied the product, you can buff the leather using the cloth. Always follow the instructions on the product's packaging, as applications can vary.
Storing your leather
When it is clean and dry, your leather gear should be hung up in your wardrobe or a similar storage area free of damp and at room temperature. Always hang your gear on padded or wooden clothes hangers, as these will help your gear retain its shape.
Your gear should be kept free of dust and cleaned regularly, even if you haven't worn it in a while.
If you'd like to know more about the leather scene, there are plenty of men on the Recon app who could be willing to introduce you and give you any further advice you may need.