Leather Care 101

Keep your Roots leather clean and looking its best for years to come. Protection puts an invisible, breathable barrier on the leather’s surface and prevents it from getting damaged. Once the leather is protected, it’s easier to care for as you’ll be cleaning the protective barrier—not the hide’s surface.

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Tribe Leather

Vintage Tribe leather is at the heart and soul of Roots—and you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s been hand buffed to create the gets-better-with-age vintage finish, which also means your Tribe leather is completely unique.

How to care for it:

  • Wipe away everyday dirt and grime with a clean, damp cloth.To give your Tribe a refresh, pour an ample amount of cleaner onto a sponge.
  • Scrub the entire surface in circular motions. Avoid spot cleaning, unless an inconsistent look and finish is your goal as the cleaner will darken the leather. Wipe the surface to remove any excess and let dry for 30 minutes.
  • Add an extra layer of protection. Keeping a distance of 10-12”, spray evenly and let dry for at least one hour.
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Smooth Leather

The best thing about a buttery soft leather is breaking it in, watching it age and that moment you start to see the shiny patina come through. But even the most supple leathers (like our Box, Nappa, Bridle, Prince leathers) need a little extra help.

How to care for it:

  • Wipe away everyday dirt and grime with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Pour an ample amount of our classic leather cleaner onto a sponge and scrub the entire surface in a circular motion.
  • Wipe the surface with a clean cloth to remove any excess, and let dry for 30 minutes
  • Apply protection cream with a soft cloth and wipe in a circular motion over the entire surface. This will guard off any future water, oil, or alcohol based stains.
  • For recent ink or make-up stains, use our Ink Lifter to remove the mark by rubbing gently and wiping away with a clean cloth.

Repair Your Roots

Extending the life of your leather goods

Does your favourite Roots leather good need a repair? Bring it to any Roots store and we’ll assess if the item can be repaired and provide an estimate for the repair charge and time. Typically, repairs take 4 to 6 weeks. We send repairs to our leather factory in Toronto, Canada, where the item will receive the attention of our leather artisans. Once the item is repaired, it’s sent back to the store and ready for pick up.

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Create Your Own

Roots Custom Leather

Looking to design your very own Roots leather? Visit us in store at our Customization Workshop to create a custom Roots award jacket or leather bag. We are passionate about giving our customers exactly what they want, and we have our Toronto, Canada leather factory artisans ready to bring your designs to life.

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