Best Conditioner For Your Leather – Choosing The Best Conditioner For Your Leather Upholstery

Word of warning! Independent leather testing has uncovered that many leather conditioners on the market will, in unfortunately, help wreck your leather finish!

And this is quite a problem as most people don’t even realise how damaging these leather conditioners can be to their leather!

This makes chosing a high-quality leather conditioner, particularly difficult for the ordinary person.

This article is all about helping you understand leather conditioners and how to select the best one for your leather. Before you buy a leather conditioner, here are 4 things you should know:

1. New Leather Contains Natural Oils

When leather is made in the tannery, natural oils are infused into the hides to retain a specific level of moisture, and to reduce the friction between the fibres.

The natural oil content directly affects the leathers’ pliability and softness.

Now, that’s all very well with brand new leather but here’s what happens when ‘wear and tear’ and direct sunlight get involved:

2. These Original Oils Evaporate

Once exposed to direct sunlight, these natural oils disappear, causing the moisture content to reduce, resulting in lost softness and pliability.

This is obvious in leather car upholstery, particularly the top of the rear seat which gets ‘hammered’ by sunlight, day in and day out.

3. Evaporated Oils Should Be Replaced By A Conditioner

The best conditioner replaces the oils which have been lost through evaporation.

And also, these oils should be identical to those which were used in the manufacturing of the leather.

You should also be aware of products which are potentially damaging to your leather such as silicone, beeswax, saddle oils and petroleum based products.

This is because they leave on the surface of the leather, an acidic residue which ultimately eats into the leather finish and breaks it down.

This brings me to my next point, which ensures you choose a conditioner that will replenish your leather with the correct, natural leather oil.

4. The Best Leather Conditioners Should Pass Leather Testing Standards

There are a number of independent leather testing authorities used by tanneries, world-wide, ensuring that leather and leather products pass international standards.

The leather standards are to make sure that customer’s are safeguarded from sub-standard products

The problem is, though, that many leather conditioners have never been tested.

Others which have been tested, have not met the standards and are therefore, not recommended for use on leather.

Before buying a leather conditioner, check it has the same oils as used in the tannery and that is has been tested and approved by a Leather Testing Authority.