Our full grain, naturally tanned leather products require relatively little care. Any imperfections or unique natural markings are characteristics of full grain leather. With use, the leather gradually burnishes, allowing more grain to emerge and a desirable patina to develop on the surface of the leather. Any significant scratches or marks can often be rubbed out with a dry cloth.
In some cases, exposure to the elements or extreme use will damage the surface of the leather. When this happens, cleaning or conditioning may be required.
Thorough cleaning of leather products should be done infrequently. In most cases, wiping the leather with a damp cloth or a horsehair brush is all that’s required to return the natural luster of the leather.
When more is needed, a leather cleaner may be used to remove grease, excess polish, or the occasional ground-in dirt. It’s a common misconception that frequent applications of shoe polish will keep the leather looking new. Unfortunately, layers of polish will build-up over time and prevent the leather from breathing. Eventually, the leather will dry-out and crack.
The most effective consumer leather cleaners contain surfactants that extract dust and grime from the surface of the leather. Alternatively, leather cleaners that are rated pH-neutral are often quite effective. Ordinary hand soaps or saddle soaps often do more harm than good.
On the rare occasion that cleaning the leather isn’t enough, applying a leather conditioner is often a good next step. Leather, especially older leather, has a tendency to dry-out and crack over time. A conditioner keeps the surface soft and supple by reintroducing natural moisturizers into the leather.
Mink oil, leather honey, and neatsfoot oil stimulate the natural oils of the leather. These are common conditioners used to add moisture, color, and a layer of protection to the leather.