Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Soaking them in a bucket of warm water with regular dish soap really not advised for leather but, instead, use Murphy's Oil Soap. That will get the process started.
After they have soaked for a day, wipe them down well and put them out to dry. When dry, then you can use glycerin, either liquid or bar (saddle soap). After that I would use a good conditioner such as Hydophane or BlackRock.
If the leather is still stiff and cracking after the Murphy's Oil Soap, then I would seriously think about forgetting the rest of the process and strip what ever hardware I could off the tack and dispose of the rest.
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