Most people tend to forget that leather is skin. Leather needs to breathe and it needs nourishment just like our skin. In order for your leather to last, leather conditioning is ESSENTIAL.
Why condition leather?
Leather, especially in shoes and furniture, go through so much. Your bags, shoes, and leather accessories get subjected to the natural elements like water, dry air, humidity, dust etc. Leather conditioning restores it to its former glory. Over time leather’s natural oils and moisture gets lost with wear. To prevent cracking, nourish leather with a conditioner every few months.
Cleaning Vs. Conditioning
Cleaning leather is NOT the same as conditioning it. Before conditioning leather, clean it first. Getting rid of the dirt and grime is an important to step to caring for your leather. However, conditioning goes toward preserving the leather and ensuring its quality over time.
Leather Conditioning 101
High-quality leather can be pricey. This is precisely why you should take necessary steps to care for your leather, so that you can get more use out of them. It is recommended to condition leather, most especially when it is brand new. A bottle of leather conditioner is a small expense compared to the savings you will get over time.
If you use your leather shoes a lot or live in a hot climate, you should condition your leather at least once a month. There’s a variety of products out there. The most important thing to remember is to spot test a product on your shoe before committing to a full conditioning.
Once you find a product that works for you, you can follow these simple steps:
- Clean with saddle soap or leather cleaning product.
- Let dry completely then condition.
- Apply leather conditioner. If it’s a brand new leather product, it is best to let it sit overnight with the conditioner.
- Remove excess conditioner from the product
- Polish the shoe, if necessary.
Stay tuned for more tips and tutorials next week!