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Leather Storage

Moisture Control during Leather Storage

Leather is a durable and flexible material created by animal skin to make various goods like shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers, belts, bookbinding, wallpaper, and as a furniture covering. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques. Leather is highly  hygroscopic and tends to absorb moisture from the surrounding air.

Effects of Uncontrolled Humidity

Leather mold and mildew growth is common  if safeguards are not in place during leather  storage, packaging and shipping

  • Loss of  sheen
  • Bad smell ( musty odour)
  • Spots, stains, discolouration
  • Micro-organism growth
  • Gradual decomposition of leather goods
  • Gradual decrease in leather strength

Causes of Uncontrolled Humidity

When leather is exposed to the surrounding air, the porous surface of leather makes it highly susceptible to mildew buildup in humid climates. Mould, mildew and fungi germinate when relative humidity is above 40%

Finished leather products regain moisture while in storage, prior to packaging. This results in the high rate of product spoilage due to mould/ fungus/ mildew growth fueled by moisture absorbed by the leather.

Once mold and bacteria have established on the product then cleaning will only remove the visual effect. Structural defects however aren’t easily rectified.

Genera Recommendations

It is necessary to store, package and ship the leather in humidity controlled  environment where conditions are maintained at less than 40% RH at ambient temperature.

Partial Reference List

  • Alam Tannery Pvt. Ltd.
  • Alpha Overseas International Pvt Ltd.
  • Balaji Impex Pvt. Ltd.
  • Camac Leather Pvt. Ltd .
  • Centurion Export P. Ltd.
  • Classique L.
  • Creative Pvt Ltd.
  • Fox Exports
  • G D Enterprise
  • Industrial Safety Products Pvt. Ltd.
  • J F C Impex Pvt Ltd.
  • Jiwanram Sheoduttrai Ind. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Khimjee Hunsraj
  • Leatherite Exports
  • Lee Min Tannery
  • Levoc Export
  • Masood Alam & Co.
  • Metropoli fashions (P) Ltd.
  • New Horizons Ltd.
  • Overseas Leather Goods Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  • P. K. International
  • Rajda Industries & Exports Pvt Ltd.
  • Rama International
  • Ramesh Kr. & Co. Ltd.
  • S M Exports
  • Singh Leather Corporation.
  • STC International
  • Sunili Leathern Pvt Ltd.
  • Surya International
  • Talwar Brothers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Top Point Leather

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