We know stingrays are not really in the top ten favorite seafaring beast list, but they are some of the oceans most beautiful creatures. Also, they are super deadly, if not, remember what happened to Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter who died when a stingray repeatedly stabbed him with his tail. Anyway, they are a source for exotic leather goodies that we love and appreciate and today we're going to tell you how to care for your beautiful stingray leather goods.
Characteristics of the stingray leather
- The stingray skin is ten times stronger than normal leather. They are proved impenetrable to blades and were even used in medieval times as shields.
- The leather’s appearance is like nothing else you’ve ever seen. While stingray’s hide can appear light and smooth underwater, when dried, they form a beautiful, bright blanket of pearls. Thousands of these gems cluster tightly together, making it practically impossible to cut or tear.
- They are one of the most exotic and expensive leather you'll find. But, fortunately for you, is one of the easiest to maintain.
- Stingray leather is remarkably fire and water resistant and can handle greater amounts of water exposure than most other forms of leather.
How to care for your stingray leather
- This type of leather has to be clean regularly but very lightly. Just do it if it's been exposed to considerable amounts of dirt.
- To clean it, use a soft, barely dampened cloth and wipe the stingray gently across its surface.
- Try not to rub too hard, as many times stingray leather skins are both dyed and surface painted, and a vigorous scrubbing can remove some of its color, giving it an uneven appearance.
- If you encounter any tough spots to clean on your leather, you may use the suds from a very mild soap and water mixture with your damp cloth to gently massage with. You should not use any commercial leather cleaners or standard soaps, as they can likely cause great harm to your stingray leather.
- It’s important to let it dry properly when it gets wet, especially if it gets soaked under rainfall or dropped in a puddle. It’s important to realize that heat and sunlight are not your friends when drying this cool seafarer out.
- Sunlight has the unfortunate effect of parching out leather on many occasions, and heat has a tendency to attract mold.
- Remember to condition your stingray leather consistently. Try to use an exotic friendly leather conditioner. Gently rub the leather conditioner onto your stingray with a soft cloth or applicator pad with smooth, circular strokes, and let it dry. Afterwards, buff off the leather conditioner with a clean cloth.
- Finally, you’ll need to keep it stored in the right places. Cool, clean, dry places are best, away from direct contact with other leather products (lest the finishings give them cause to stick together). Plastic bags and plastic period are bad for storing your leather, as this keeps it from properly breathing. Paper, on the other hand, such as packing paper and tissue paper, can work fantastically, as can cloth.