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When you invest in a quality leather product, it’s worth your time to keep it looking - and feeling - great. Using a leather conditioner is a crucial practice. A good conditioner will lubricate the leather fibers, protect the surface of the leather from stains, and enhance the development of a beautiful patina.
Different types of conditioning creams and oils have unique results. Conditioning creams will nourish and moisturize the leather fibers with minimal color change, while conditioning oils (such as neadsfoot oil, mink oil, and lanolin) all have unique coloring effects and surface qualities.
1. Be sure your leather is clean and free of dust and dirt before you begin.
2. Place the conditioner on a clean, lint-free cloth (not directly onto the leather).
3. Spot test the conditioner in an inconspicuous place on your leather and allow it to sit for an hour to be sure you’re happy with the effect it produces.
4. Using a circular motion, rub the conditioner over entire panels or sections of the leather at a time.
5. After applying the conditioner, gently buff the leather surface with a soft, dry cloth.
6. Allow the leather to air dry before use.
This really depends on your climate. If you live in an arid climate - or if your leather is often in the sun and heat - you’ll want to condition every couple of months. If your climate is more humid, every 6 months to a year will suffice.
*As a reminder, first test your leather conditioner in a small area to be sure you like the effect!