Waterproofing Leather jackets and boots
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.
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.