Friday, January 16, 2015

Take Care of Leather Boots // {Kiwi Conditioning Oil}

Winter. It's cold, it's snowy (or rainy in my case), and it dries up your skin. As harsh as it can be on your body, it can also be harsh on your precious leather accessories, like boots. It's important that you take care of your leather boots year round but especially in the fall and winter, when they usually get the most wear. Water, snow removal salt, and everyday use can really cause some damage.

We invest hard on money on these babies and they deserve some lovin' every now and then. I usually do this every couple of months or whenever I notice that they are looking dry and worn. In the past I have used Kiwi Mink Oil, Kiwi Conditioning Oil, or Kiwi Saddle Soap. They each come with their own different instructions so just make sure you follow whatever is on the back of the product.

This time I used the Kiwi Conditioning Oil because that's what I had on hand. First I wiped down my boot using a damp cloth to make sure it was clean and clear of any debris or product. I let my boot dry completely before applying the oil. If this is the first time I'm using the oil on boot, I test it on an inconspicuous place to make sure it won't cause any damage or discoloration before  I apply it all over. I've never had a problem with discoloration but it does darken the leather just because the material is dry and in need of moisture.

Finally, using an old sock that had lost it's mate (a rag or piece of cloth will do the same job) I took a little oil at a time and rubbed it evenly all over the boot. If you have excess oil you can wipe it off with another piece of cloth but if you use a little at a time you won't have too. I used about a third of this can for two tall boots.

As you can see in the pictures below it really gives new life to your boots. They look newer and refreshed! You can also notice the darkening of the leather but it really gives the a clean and moisturized appearance.

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