Caring for leather: Cleaning it, feeding it, sealing it.
I am trying to figure out the best way to seal leather after oiling it. I take care of my leather using 3 steps:
1) Cleaning it
2) Feeding it, with neat's-foot oil.
3) Sealing it, to help maintain the newly added fat from the oil.
What's the best way of sealing it? I have heard you can use soft soap or hard wax. For soft soap, can you use saddle soap? For hard waxing, should you use glycerin saddle soap? I know I also use glycerin saddle soap during cleaning.
Your glycerin soap will clean the leather. A saddle seldom needs oiling. Too much oiling and it can become gummy. As for sealing the leather, you don't want to do that.
As above, no need to seal leather. I clean mine once a week week saddle soap, and once every few weeks it gets a good coating or Effax leather conditioner.
I will very occassionally oil a bridle, but never saddles, stirrup leathers, girths etc. You can do more harm than good - stick with conditions and beeswax ointments if you can.
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