How to care for your product
When it comes to maintenance, the old proverb says it all, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - While MFC has many types of products, this article is written to focus on helping you care for your products made of metal or leather. That said, it should be applicable to the broader range of products that include metal, leather, and wood components.
"Rust never sleeps" - This helpful info can be applied to a variety of metals.
Leather is tough but let's not forget it is actually a skin and can dry out or crack if it is not looked after properly. Leather needs to breathe to prevent mildew - so don't store your leather in a sealed up plastic bag. Use a bag that will allow the air to flow - pillowcases are great.
Keep your leather away from direct heat. If your leather gets saturated, it can be tempting to throw it in front of a heater or to use a hair dryer to speed the process of drying. Don't do that! Just like skin and other fabrics, when leather gets wet and then heated right away, it can shrink and dry out too quickly. Let it dry naturally, even if it takes a couple days.
Please keep leather out of direct sunlight when storing. The leather fades naturally over time, but sunlight speeds up that process. Drying and cracking can also ensue. Darker places with some humidity are preferred, although again, ensure air flow so that mildew can't form.
We recommend using Le:Balm from Traitement Royal. It is a leather conditioner which conditions, moisturisers and waterproofs your leather. Of course this product is available from Medieval Fightclub.
Best thing you can do for wood is seal it.
Why you should trust MFC advice?
Our knowledge is based on actual experience. This is what sets us apart from other reproduction weapon and armour dealers. All materials have been repaired and renewed using the methods and products described in this document. The information found here was prepared by Aaron Southwell from MFC with the intention to assist people in maintaining or repairing their Fight Club equipment.