Repeatedly spending money on wallets might be a hilarious irony, but it doesn’t feel funny when you realize you’ve spent so much money on money holders that you have no money left for them to hold. Luckily there are quite a few options available for keeping a wallet fit and clean.
First off, grabbing a durable wallet made of real leather is the first step – cheaper materials like bonded leather (or synthetic materials) will degrade quickly under pressure. United Split can help you with an enormous selection of high-quality wallets, if you’re looking for help with Step 1. Step 2 is about dirt.
Wallets get dirty, because everything gets dirty, and your hands are constantly reaching for it after touching everything else on the planet. Don’t use soap or cleansers on a wallet – that’s a great way to strip leather down and damage it. Instead, a damp cloth and gentle but firm elbow grease should be able to remove whatever build-up is making your wallet dingy. Also, a regular application of a damp cloth will ensure it doesn’t get too dirty in the first place.
Step 3 is about moisture. Leather, while strong, deals poorly with too much moisture (or, not enough). If your wallet gets soaked, remember to allow it to air-dry slowly – a blow dryer will dry it too quickly, leaving a stiff, hard, non-pliable chunk of leather that used to be your supple leather wallet. If your wallet’s dry like a mummy’s hand, you’ll have to pick a leather cream or oil appropriate to the type of leather your wallet is constructed from – a quick Google search should tell you what kind of leather goes best with what kind of moisturizer.
Step 4 is prevention – leather doesn’t “snap back” to its original shape, which means you’ll want to make certain you don’t overfill it. If your wallet is starting to look like a leather boulder, consider streamlining what you’re putting into it.