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Hobo International, founded in 1991 by designer Toni Ray, is a manufacturer of leather bags, purses and wallets. As wallets are an everyday item, they show dirt and wear faster than most other accessories. When attempting to clean the fine leather used for your Hobo wallet, you must avoid excessive moisture and alcohol-based cleaning products. With proper cleaning and careful handling, your wallet will last without showing its age.

Lift trapped dirt and dust from the wallet using a soft bristled brush. Use long, smooth strokes to remove dirt from the leather's pores and raise the nap.

Dampen a microfiber cloth with clean, cool water. Dab up any stains with the cloth, applying firm pressure with each application. Avoid wiping or scrubbing the leather with the cloth.

Apply a thin layer of leather cream to the outside of your wallet. Allow it to absorb into the leather, then gently wipe up the excess with a clean microfiber cloth. Use a leather cream which matches the color of your wallet's leather for best results.

Restore your wallet's subtle sheen by buffing gently with a flannel cloth.


Always store your Hobo wallet away from moisture, high heat or chemical styling products. Clean your wallet and condition it with cream several times a year to preserve the leather.


Never use an alcohol-based cleaner to remove stains from your leather wallet. These and solvent cleaning products will degrade most leathers immediately. Avoid trying to rub out a tough stain, as this often inflicts greater damage on the leather.

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