EXOTIC LEATHER: Crocodile Leather Care

We  have to admit it. Crocodile leather catches the eye!

This type of leather has a very elegant pattern that resonate with a subtle allure.

The belly of the crocodile is surprisingly smooth and tender compared with the rest of the skin, making it valuable as a base for making purses, briefcases and handbags. The back of a crocodile, however, bristles with the bone-hard, horny scales of reptilian pride, and is often used for making  horn back boots.

The head, tail, legs and many other body parts also contribute unique styles of leather, creating a diverse palette. You can create any kind of objects like money clips and lipstick holders. If crocodile leather has one great advantage, it is for sure its versatility.



There are downsides, however, as with every leather type. While crocodile leather may be very beautiful to look at, it is also a delicate creature that requires delicate leather care to stay in shape.

Crocodile leather is somewhat fragile next to other types of leather. Firstly, it is not waterproof.

Excessive water can cause your crocodile leather to develop spots and since it dries out pretty quickly can potentially cause cracks. If your bag does begin to develop cracks or become flaky or brittle, it is likely that the leather has been robbed of its natural oils and minerals that preserve it (a condition known as dry-rotting) and is likely not repairable.

If your bag does get wet, it is wise to act quickly. Gently dry the surface with a white, clean cloth until most of the moisture is gone, and allow the rest to dry in a cool, indoor location away from sunlight and direct heat. Heat and sunlight are also bad and will damage your crocodile leather under prolonged exposure.

For good crocodile leather care, it is recommended you clean and condition your leather at least once a month, and spot clean any time you see dust building up.


Fortunately for us, cleaning crocodile leather is relatively simple.

You’ll want to use a clean, white cotton rag damped with warm water. Gently wipe it over the surface of the crocodile skin until the entire surface is clean. Then, dry off as much as you can with another dry cloth, and leave the rest to dry in an indoor place away from sunlight and direct heat.


Crocodile leather requires a lot of care and attention but certainly the items that can be obtained are among the most unique and prestigious.


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