Are All Leather Products Created Equally?
What you should look for in a high quality leather care product
Any product used on leather must be able to penetrate deep enough into the leather to feed the entire hide and then seal it to keep it clean and protect it against moisture. At the same time, it should not leave a sticky residue that will allow dirt and other foreign matter to stick to it. A high quality product should not have a strong chemical smell, if it has, then it's probably made of cheap chemicals. Having said that, some leather care products are very strong and can cause irritations to you and will damage your leather investment.
So, what should you look for in a high quality leather care product?
Pay attention to:
• Purpose, meaning is it a cleaner, conditioner, or for maintenance (cleaner and conditioner in one)
• pH balance
• Ingredients used
Let's address the purpose. There are many type of leather care products on the market. To keep things as simple as possible, they basically fall into three categories, cleanse, condition, protect, with varying formulations. A leather cleaner should only be used if the leather item is very dirty. Use a cleaner with caution and sparingly as it has the tendency to dry out the leather's natural oil. One important thing to remember, if the leather item has major stains, take it to a professional. Don't take the risk of ruining your leather investment. Important, after using a cleaner, always use a high quality conditioner to keep the leather supple. When it comes to protection, we suggest doing it only once in a long while. Moisture barriers are extremely good in preventing rain or other liquid from damaging leather. Stiffness and spouting will happen if leather isn't protected properly. However, there is a drawback in protecting leather with a moisture barrier product. It tends to fill in the pores with a greasiness that makes subsequent cleaning, conditioning, and polishing difficult. In overall we don't believe a moisture barrier is necessary but for items used frequently in a wet environment, it would be a good idea. In that case, periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow time to penetrate and dry before using your leather item. Last, there is also a hybrid one, which combines cleaning and conditioning in one product, which is very good to use for maintenance and should be regularly applied to extend the life of your leather item.
Why is it important to use a leather care product that is pH balanced? Because a pH balanced product ensures the leather's lubricating oil is maintained.
Just like many other things in life, material or ingredients used determines the quality of the product. A high quality leather care product should not contain harsh or hazardous chemicals that is bad for humans, animals and the environment. We believe natural ingredients are the best as leather itself is a natural product.
We have used and tested the product Whoohoo-Clean Leather Cleaner and Conditioner. It is a good and save product for your leather investment because it is pH balanced, made of natural ingredients, does not leave a sticky or gummy residue behind and does not darken leather. You can find great tips from the company's official Facebook page.
About Tim Waterman- Freelance writer_for WhooHoo-Clean Leather Care
Tim Waterman, freelance writer for Mashable, has been writing professionally for close to 10 years. He enjoys playing soccer with his sons and is a boy scout leader. This is a short article written about the WhooHoo-Clean Leather Cleaner and Conditioner.
Tim Waterman- Freelance writer_for WhooH
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