It’s not uncommon that we’ll have a customer come in and show us a project that was passed down to them from a family member or mentor. Whether you are preserving an heirloom or just keeping your boots oiled, it’s good to know what conditioners to use for different projects.
Note: Most leather conditioners are intended for smooth finished leathers, not suede or nubuck. Conditioners may darken light colored leathers, so test in an inconspicuous area first.
Dr. Jackson’s Leather Conditioner – This product is one of the most effective ways to restore the new look to leather. It nourishes, softens and protects while extending the life of the leather. Use as a regular maintence program to keep your leather articles looking their best.
Dr. Jackson’s Hide Rejuvenator – This paste is great for restoring old, dried out smooth leather items such as boots, garments and saddles, as well as upholstered furniture and vehicle interiors. It actually replaces natural oils, cleans, softens, protects and increases water repellency. This is the finest leather restorative available.
Canauba Crème – This product is a water based, blended wax conditioner and finish for natural or dyed, new or aged smooth leather. It provides a durable wax finish that resists water and dirt while conditioning leather. This product will not seal color, so if using with a dyed project, apply a finishing coat after the Canauba Crème.
Tandy Pure Neatsfoot Oil – Neatsfoot Oil is a natural preservative used for conditioning, softening and preserving leather. The primary function of this product is to replace evaporated oil with other natural oils. It is great for reconditioning and oiling leather working equipment like saddles, baseball gloves, horse tack & harnesses and other outdoor gear.
Tip: When working on large projects (i.e. saddles) that are saturated and allowed to dry multiple times, the water can remove some of the natural oils and make the leather more rigid. Adding Neatsfoot Oil between tooling and dying can help better preserve the leather, however you will want to make sure that it is oiled evenly and wait 12-24 hours after oiling to ensure that the project is dry to prevent uneven coloring when dyeing.
Tandy Prime Neatsfoot Oil Compound – This medium weight oil is heavier than Pure Neatsfoot and is ideal for saddles, tack and boots that need oil that is easily absorbed in to leather with deep. The combination of essential and synthetic oils helps lubricate fibers and restores suppleness to leather.
Fenice’s Leather Care Kit – This kit proves everything you need to care for your furniture leather. It contains a mild cleaner that thoroughly cleans leather while maintaining its natural beauty and feel, as well as a protective cream, which creates a protective barrier allowing leather to remain clean and soft for years to come. It also includes an ink remover that removes recent ink stains, lipstick and chocolate.
Tip: More conditioner is not always better. Always apply oils and conditioners in light coats, never in heavy coats. You can apply multiple light layers to reach the desired consistency, however you cannot remove the oil once it is in the leather. Start lightly and work conditioner in to the leather until it is absorbed evenly. Buff off excess product with a soft, dry cloth to prevent leftover conditioner coming off on other materials.