Leather is a natural material and requires periodic maintenance to ensure your items are comfortable and durable. We condition our items as a final step in our finishing process so they'll be sturdy and soft when you get them.
If you notice the leather on your items is looking a bit dull, dry, or thirsty, we recommend using leather conditioning products like Fiebing's Saddle Soap or Saddle Oil. Saddle Soap cleans and conditions, and Saddle Oil gives a nice sheen and a more protective finish.
NOTE: conditioning your pieces can darken the color. Always patch test on the back or inside of your item to assure colorfastness.
CONDITIONING YOUR PIECES
Fiebing's Saddle Soap comes in liquid and solid forms. Liquid saddle soap is preferred here at the shop. Spray the liquid soap onto a lint free cloth and rub it into the leather in a circular motion. Work in one area at a time and go over your piece slowly and carefully. This can take some time, but it's also a great way to inspect your piece for signs of wear. Pay extra attention to folds and creases in your piece. Set your piece aside to dry for about half an hour before use or closed storage.
Fiebing's Saddle Oil is made to condition items that are exposed to the elements. This product has silicone in it, so it will give a more protective barrier and a nice shine to your products. To use, apply a small amount to a lint free cloth and rub into your leather in a circular motion. Pay special attention to parts of your leather that look particularly thirsty. Once your item is conditioned, set it aside and give it a bit of time to absorb as much oil as it needs. Buff away the excess with a clean dry cloth after about an hour.