You have great boots or a great leather jacket, and you know you need to take care of your high quality items. But, do you know how to wash leather? It is actually relatively simple.
Wait! Before you get started you need to determine what kind of leather you have.
Two common types of leather:
- Finished: Finished leather looks smooth and sometimes shiny, like these Corral red leather goat boots
- Unfinished: Unfinished leather looks worn in or matte, like these men’s Durango slouch boots
Finished Leather Boots
Let’s start with finished leather.
What you need:
- Saddle soap without oils, dyes and fragrances (we love Justin’s Saddle Soap)
- 2 damp cloths
- A towel
- A dry cloth or a quick dry sponge
- Leather conditioner
- Liquid silicone
Wash Finished Leather in 5 Steps:
1. Apply a dime-sized amount of saddle soap to a damp cloth and rub down your boot
2. With the damp cloth wipe all of the lather off your boots
3. Use a quick shine sponge to bring the natural luster of the leather back
4. Blot boots with a dry towel
5. Once you are sure the leather is totally dry, evenly distribute leather conditioner on the boot. Try Justin’s shoe conditioner; we love their leather cleaning products because they are not only excellent, but affordable as well.
6. For extra protection add a protective silicone layer. Be sure to use products that are made for real leather.
Voila! Beautiful, like-new boots.
Unfinished Leather Boots
The process for washing unfinished leather boots is exactly the same as finished leather, except instead if using leather conditioner, use mink oil.
Mink oil keeps leather soft and prevents excessive drying and cracking. Once you have massaged the oil onto the surface of the leather and into all the cracks and crevices and let it dry, your unfinished leather will be clean and beautiful!
Great boots are an investment, and should be treated well. With good care your boots will last years, and quite possibly decades.