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Old 02-19-2013, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Recommended leather cleaner and softner?

I got a wonderfully soft leather leash and collar from dog sports equipment but they recently got wet and are feeling a bit scratchy and stiff whereas before they were BUTTERY soft.

Are there any cleaners/oils you'd recommend to get them back to where they were?

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Lexol is probably easiest to find....but my favorite is Black Rock - it is a thick brown cream.....probably can find it online....heck - you can get it from Amazon and on ebay too!

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Great, thank you! I was looking around amazon but they have SO many different products I wasn't sure which would work best.
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I'll second the Lexol. I've used it for years on my A2 jacket and my car coat.
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I got a wonderfully soft leather leash and collar from dog sports equipment but they recently got wet and are feeling a bit scratchy and stiff whereas before they were BUTTERY soft.

Are there any cleaners/oils you'd recommend to get them back to where they were?

Thanks!
Be careful with oils, if you soak leather too much is starts to go spongey because the fibres break down, that weakens the leather. Also, be careful using anything that has a lot of chemical in it, leather is skin and it's very much like you own, chemicals don't do skin many favours. A heavily tallow based conditioner will restore your leather, try and track down a tanner and use what they use when they're preparing the hides.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I third the Lexol. DH is an upholster and that is what the leather manufacturers recommend. He had a hide that had been left in storage and forgot about, He sprayed it with the Lexol and it softened it to the point that he was able to use it in an automobile interior. We can find it at our local Auto Zone and also Ace Hardware. It is a two part system with a cleaner and conditioner. Hope this helps.
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I'd recommend "Ventian Cream". It's designed for shoes, but its great for other leather uses. I use it for shoes, wallets, jackets, etc. I saw it recommended by one of the owners of Horween Leather, one of the last great tanneries in the US. Great stuff - it really cleans and moisturizers the leather nicely.
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I like Oakwood saddle soap and leather conditioner. It uses natural ingredients and Oakwood also makes dog products (shampoos and such). I know several dog collar makers recommend Oakwood, an it is also recommended for horse tack which is made similarly to dog collars and leashes. Lexol is more for upholstery type leather.
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