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How to Care for Oiled Leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Oiled leather, with its glossy appearance, is popular for use on shoes, boots and jackets. While this type of leather can be quite expensive, it is also extremely durable and easy to maintain. By following these steps, you can keep your oiled leather items looking their best and ensure that they give you many years of use.

Use a dampened finger to rub out scratches.

Clean oiled leather with a damp cloth. You can add a mild soap if necessary.

Moisturise and weatherproof oiled leather using a beeswax or lanolin-based leather moisturiser.

Allow your oiled leather to air dry. Any attempt to speed up the drying process using a hair dryer, furnace or another extreme heat source will make the leather stiff.

Remember that the more you expose your oiled leather to the elements, the more maintenance it will require. Try to keep a weekly cleaning and weatherproofing routine.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloth
  • Mild soap
  • Leather moisturiser
  • Leather item
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Sophie Levant is a freelance writer based in Michigan. Having attended Michigan State University, her interests include history classical music, travel, and the German language. Her work has been published at eHow and Travels.