Dear DiLoro Friends,
Foremost we hope that you and your family are both physically and emotionally well from the COVID-19 virus. In this unprecedented time the economic effects of this pandemic are rapidly evolving. DiLoro is committed to maintaining service to our customers while prioritizing the health and well-being of all of our employees.
Our DiLoro leather products have always been securely stored in US warehouses prior to the outbreak of the current Coronavirus disease Covid-19 and no new products have been imported. We will continue to sell our current inventory and we apologize in advance if we may run out of stock of certain items. Imports of new products will resume as soon as this situation has stabilized.
Many of you have wondered if the coronavirus can even survive on leather handbags, backpacks, wallets, briefcases etc. and if, how to clean or disinfect and destroy the virus. Ideally, you’ve done regular cleaning and conditioning of your fine leather products. If so, your item is considerably less likely to harbor a virus on its surface. But how can you kill the coronavirus that may have possibly hitched a ride on the surface of your bag while you were on the subway or in the Uber without ruining the bag? Alcohol is very risky as it will dissolve most finishes. The best solution may surprise you, not only it is very simple but it's also FREE!
Yes, the best solution we recommend in this case is good ol' SUNSHINE! To be more precise, the UV light that is emitted by the sun, it is indeed an excellent virus (and bacteria) killer. Simply place your leather product (handbag, backpack, wallet, etc.) in direct sunlight near a window (without a UV protective filters!) and keep rotating it over a period of a few hours. To allow UV rays to enter the inside of your bag prop it open to allow exposure. You can use a pencil, a toothpick or any other item that will keep it open, tilt it towards the sun and do the same as above. This method of course works for your leather shoes, gloves etc. as well.
We recommend you do the above in a dedicated area, pick a spot on a table or your counter that is away from food or your food prep station. Place your items on a small towel that you can change and wash regularly with a small amount of bleach. This is just an added step to keep the risk of exposing yourself or your loved ones to this virus. Hopefully this current situation will pass soon and when we return to our normal lives again, let's not forget some of the valuable lessons we've learned from going thru this difficult time.
Besides taking care of your leather products, we highly recommend following the advice of your state and local government as well as that of the World Health Organization. One important advice we all should follow is to wash our hands frequently! Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Together we will make it thru this difficult time and hopefully come out stronger and more united than ever before.
For now, please stay strong and healthy!
Your DiLoro Team