We’ve made the goods, now it’s up to you to keep them looking good and make them last. Don’t fret, it isn’t something that needs to be done often. We use, sell and recommend Skidmore’s Leather Cream. It is a beeswax-based balm that protects, restores + moisturizes the leather.
What it’s not good on: suede, rough-out, or nubuck types of leather. Use of the cream on these leathers will alter their appearance. Leather will appear much darker due to the oils in the cream and on suede or rough-out leather, the knap will be flattened.
Darkening: This Leather Cream will enhance/restore the tone of the leather and make scuffs and scratches disappear. On light leather, some darkening is likely - we tell folks to lick their finger and touch the leather - that is the color they are likely to end up with. If you are concerned about darkening, we always suggest you test the Leather Cream on a small, out-of-sight spot.
- The leather should be fairly clean. It can be cleaned with a damp cloth to remove excess dirt. The cream will actually “float” dirt up out of the pores of the leather, so you don’t have to be super concerned here.
- Using a rag/brush/sheepskin applicator, apply the cream to the leather… not too little, not too much. You can tell.
- Allow the Leather Cream some time to soak, say 15-30 minutes is usually about right.
- Take a clean, dry cloth and rub it out to pick up any excess cream that is still on the surface. Buff it until it feels smooth.