How to Use Saddle Soap to Preserve Your Leather Goods February 12 2016

Many people have purchased different leather goods throughout their lives, but when it comes to preserving, caring, or cleaning their quality leather goods, they don’t know where to start. A simple way to start caring for any handmade leather product is to use Saddle Soap. Saddle Soap cleans, softens, and preserves just about any type of leather, all in one shot.  

For those who have never heard of Saddle Soap, it is a mixture that contains a fine soap to thoroughly clean away dirt and grime, even salt stains. Most Saddle Soaps are formulated with glycerin and lanolin to make leather soft and supple, with a quality wax for added protection. Saddle Soap is good for any quality leather product you may have in your house, just don’t use it on suede.

Follow these steps to get started cleaning your handmade leather goods:

  1. Remove excess dirt with a stiff brush or damp cloth.
  2. Open your Saddle Soap tin and rub the surface of the soap with a moist cloth to develop lather.
  3. Rub the lather well into your leather product, and wipe off any excess lather with a damp cloth.
  4. Repeat the procedure from steps 2 and 3 as necessary.
  5. When the leather has dried, buff the leather product with a soft cloth to develop a nice luster.

Using saddle soap on your handmade leather goods is a great, easy way to care, clean, and preserve the leather. If you are unsure if it will mesh with any particular type of leather, test it on a small inconspicuous area to be sure. Saddle Soap can be found in most drug stores and supermarkets. So, if you need to restore the luster in any of your leather goods, keep an eye out for Kiwi or Fiebings Saddle Soap on your next shopping trip, as they are the most recommended brands that make it.

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