Leather is an investment and is used everywhere. It is used to make boots, purses, wallets, car seats, saddles, and other items. If you own leather goods, you invested a lot of money into them and want it to look good.
The good news: when treated correctly, you can keep your leather looking great and also get decades of use out of it!
All leather is a skin, and just like we do for our own skin, it will need to be cared for and moisturized to prevent it from drying out which will lead to cracking. While using your leather, it is exposed to different conditions and leather begins to lose moisture. Once moisture is lost, leather starts to dry out and this can cause it to crack because the fibers will lose their strength.
Shoe polish will make your leather look shiny, but it doesn’t actually do anything to repair any damage or, more importantly, prevent the leather from drying out and cracking.
To avoid damaging leather and having it dry out and crack, a leather conditioner is needed.
A high-quality leather conditioner is designed to nourish the leather which will preserve and strengthen it.
Here are some benefits to conditioning your leather:
As mentioned above, conditioning your leather will prevent it from cracking. Because leather can no longer replenish itself with the necessary oils, leather conditioner will replace the oils it needs and nourish the leather to extend the leather's life.
A good conditioner will likely have a thick liquid consistency similar to a gel. This allows for the conditioner to penetrate the leather and be easily absorbed deep into the leather while it is applied instead of remaining on the surface.
By replenishing the leather's oils, this restores the natural beauty of your leather. Using a conditioner, will bring back the rich luster that was lost through everyday use and will restore the beauty the leather had when you first bought it.
Although you try to avoid it, through heavy use, your leather is likely to be damaged and get scratched up. A good conditioner will be able to remove surface scratches on the leather and get it back looking new again.
Without hurting the breathability of the leather, a conditioner will help repel water and reduce water absorption into leather. This helps protect the leather if you are caught in a rainstorm or other conditions where your leather is exposed to water.
As you can see there are many benefits to conditioning your leather. With a small amount of care, you can keep your leather goods looking great and enjoy many years, if not decades, of use out of them!
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Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have about caring for your leather goods!
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Winter is in full force. There's nothing in your wardrobe that takes more of a punishment than your boots. During winter you put them through an array of elements including: rain, snow, sleet, and salt.
If you want to ensure the lifetime of your investment, follow these easy steps and your boots will be ready to go not only this season, but for future seasons to come.
1) Allow the boots to air dry.
If your boots are wet, the best way to dry them is to allow them to air dry slowly. To help them dry, stuff them with newspaper to absorb the moisture and change the paper as they dry.
Never put your leather boots near or over a direct heat source such as a space heater, fireplace, or blow dryer for an extended period of time. These may seem like good ideas for a quick drying method, but they will be harsh on the leather outside of your boots as well as the glues holding the layers together.
So be patient and give the boots time to dry.
2) Brush Your Boots!
An overlooked aspect of boot maintenance is brushing. Think of it this way: leather is a skin that has pores that need to breathe. Those pores can dry out and crack if they are clogged from snow, dirt, and other clogging elements.
Using a quality horsehair brush will help you to clean off the leather and clear the pores of any clogging elements. Remove the laces and brush the boot clean until you are confident it's clear of any elements.
Brushing your boots is important for the next step of conditioning.
3) Hydrate the Leather
Now that you have cleaned the boots, it is time to nourish them. Unlike our own skin, leather has no way to rehydrate itself. Applying a leather conditioner will rehydrate the leather and keep them supple.
Conditioning will keep the life in your leather and keep them looking their best.
There's plenty of conditioners out there so find what you like best. Be sure to test it on the leather first to avoid any unnecessary darkening.
We recommend our Leather N Rich because it is uniquely formulated to clean, condition, and water protect all leathers without darkening them.
4) Repeat and don't neglect
Sometimes it feels like winter lasts forever. You will need to repeat these steps depending on the elements and conditions you put your boots through.
Neglecting your boots may cause irreversible damage. So it's best to take the necessary precautions to keep your boots looking their best and ready to go.
Following these 4 easy steps will ensure your boots last a lifetime. Quality leather boots are made to handle any conditions, but caring for them properly will ensure they stand the test of time.
Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you care for your boots! We're always happy to help.