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Waterproofing Leather jackets and boots

Updated on March 16, 2011


There is nothing worse than spending hundreds of dollars on those beautiful suede boots and then it rains. It not only leaves stains it may leave them stiff and out of shape. 


With so many people buying leather clothing like boots, coats, jackets and even your gloves it is no wonder we need to look after it by improving its lifetime with periodic maintenance.  This is where we need to waterproof it.  Leather does not look so good if exposed to moisture.  Water removes the natural oils that keep your leather soft and robust.

Types of leather

There are many products on the market that you can use to protect your leather and these products when applied correctly will form a protective coating which blocks out the moisture. First you have to look at the labels on your leather garments and know which type of leather it is.  Because different types of leathers require different products you need to be sure which it is.


Once you know which type of leather your garment is made of then buy the appropriate waterproofing to suit.  If you are still unsure I would suggest you take it to a leather dealer and ask for their advice.


Types of waterproofing


There are different forms of products, some come in a spray can, oil and there are also wax products. Read the product directions before applying to any garments or leather products.

Cleaning your leather

Always clean leather before applying any waterproofing. Never use any chemicals or water as you clean it.  Wipe off all dust and hairs before waterproofing with a dry cloth.

If using a spray hold can upright about six inches away from garment. Spray evenly over the complete garment when finished and leave to dry.

Applying wax to boots

If you are using a wax product, clean garment as above. Then using a clean soft cloth dip the cloth into the wax and rub it evenly over the whole boot or whichever product you are waterproofing.  Remove any excess wax, to make sure it is evenly applied. Apply to other boot and leave to dry for a day before wearing.

Applying oil

Clean garment as above and using a soft cloth pour a little oil on cloth and apply evenly over the whole garment and leave to dry before wearing.

It is important to make sure you read instructions for cleaning on all your leather products and the directions on the waterproofing products before applying to you precious leather garments.




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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I bet you wanna forget winter for now.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Very useful for next winter

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Viking, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Leather does need looking after.

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Very informative hub. I don't own any leather items at the moment unfortunatley, but I love the spell of leather. At least if I can afford it soon I will know what to look for lol

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, sounds to me like you have given it the TLC that it needed. Thanks for stopping by and reading this

    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Good to know information! I only have one leather jacket and I'm not sure what kind of leather it is, but I always use the oil on it. Seems to work. I've had it for about eleven years now and it still looks good, so I guess I've been applying the right thing. This information, however, will help when I purchase another leather garment.


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