Leather Weather-proofing

Leather Weather-proofing

WAX AND CONDITIONER CAN HELP MAKE LEATHER MORE WATER-RESISTANT

There are several treatments on the market that can help make your leather more water resistant. The most popular of these treatments is the use of wax. Waxing is a relatively simple process for most types of leathers.

WAXING METHOD:

  1. Ensure that the leather is entirely clean as any dirt or foreign materials can interfere with the effectiveness of the wax.

  2. A small amount of wax should be added to a cloth (not directly to the leather) and then rubbed all over the leather. It’s important that the wax is pliable so if you find the wax is too hard you should warm it up beforehand with something like a hairdryer.

  3. This should be repeated as necessary.

  4. The wax should be allowed to dry naturally for around 30 to 60 minutes. Do not be tempted to speed up this process by heating up the leather as this might cause the leather to crack and be ruined.

  5. Once totally dry, buff off the wax with a dry, clean cloth.

    As well as waxing, it is as equally as important to keep your leather conditioned, as this will keep the suppleness of your leather. If you find your leather is becoming cracked and/or hard then now is the time to condition. Not only will it make your leather feel like new again, but it will help upkeep the waterproofness of your leather.

  6. Like waxing, conditioning is simple. You should refrain from over-conditioning though, as leather should not be made overly soft – especially in something like boots or a bag where a level of support is needed.
CONDITIONING METHOD:
  1. Unlike waxing, when you condition leather it should be done when the leather is wet. This is because the permeable nature of leather means it will absorb more of the conditioning treatment as the water evaporates off the leather.

  2. Next, add either a small amount of conditioner either to a cloth or your fingertips and work into your leather, being careful to get the treatment into all the nooks and folds of the leather. Any excess should be removed.

  3. Your leather should be allowed to dry naturally at room temperature. Keep in mind, this waxing and conditioning method will only work with certain leathers. If you have something like suede, you run the risk of ruining the material by putting wax on it. In these cases, you will need to use a special spray. These work by creating an invisible, water-resistant and oil-repellent layer that will keep your leather safe as it stops any water ever actually touching the material, which is particularly important in suede as it is less water repellent than other types of leather. Indeed, all types of leather have different degrees of waterproofness.
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