LEATHER HOLSTER CARE AND MAINTENANCE
For over 55 years, Bianchi has been an industry leader in designing and manufacturing leather holsters, pouches and accessories. Leather itself is warm, natural and attractive, and as such, investing some care and attention will preserve the beauty and timelessness of your leather holster. Some basic steps when caring, cleaning and storing your Bianchi Gunleather® will extend its life and bring a richness to this organic material.
Wipe down your leather products with a clean dry cloth after every use. A gentle cleansing with warm water and glycerin soap can be done if the leather becomes soiled. Brush on with a soft-bristled toothbrush, rinse and pad the leather with a dry cloth until it remains just slightly damp. Allow the product to air dry the rest of the way.
When not in regular use, store your leather products in a cool, dry location. They can be wrapped in a soft cotton cloth and stored in their own box or hard case where you might keep clothing or important documents. Cool and dry is ideal. If you leave your handgun in the holster or other product, check it daily for moisture, condensation or corrosion. And remember to take your leather holster out of storage periodically to check its condition, wipe it down and remove any dust.
ADDITIONAL LEATHER TIPS
In addition to your regular cleaning routine, these tips will help you care for your leather products.
Use leather conditioners sparingly. Leather conditioners are specially formulated to loosen and moisturize leather as needed. Because Bianchi leather is hand finished with our special leather dressing, should your leather product become dry or scratched, you can treat the exterior with a commercial leather dressing that does not contain lacquer. (Be careful when using Neat’s foot oil; large amounts will soften the leather.)
Protect leather from perspiration. Placing a barrier such as a t-shirt, coat or the waistband of your pants between your skin and your holster will ensure your leather holster is protected.
Treat the interior of your holster with spray silicone to help protect against excess moisture. Spray silicone also speeds the draw by reducing friction.
If your product becomes water-soaked, reshape it as best you can and allow it to air-dry at room temperature. Do not use a hot oven – it will shrink, harden and crack the leather.
Brass cartridges or other brass hardware when stored with leather will acquire a greenish residue called “verdigris.“ It is a natural product of a chemical reaction between brass and vegetable-tanned leather, and it wipes off.
To keep your leather goods in the best condition and allow them to age naturally and gracefully, avoid the following:
- High humidity. Humidity can cause your leather product to mildew over time.
- Direct sunlight and high heat. Direct sunlight and high heat can cause your leather holster and other products to become brittle and dry, and could cause the material to crack or fade. Changing atmospheric conditions, heavy perspiration and other factors could create such conditions.
- Storing your leather goods in the trunk of your car, shed, garage or attic where heat or vermin/pests could be a factor.
- Saddle soap or other conditions that could over soften the leather.
- Areas of high salt content/sweat can degrade the leather quality.