Monday, August 31, 2009

Leather Care Part 2: A 4-Step Process

Proper leather care starts with consistency. Leather requires regular care to maintain its "health" and proper performance. Follow this step-by-step guide to help extend the working life of all your valued leather products!

This is also the perfect opportunity to carefully inspect your equipment for any damage or problems than need to be addressed.

Step 1: Use a damp tack sponge and your preferred saddle soap or leather cleaner. Work up a foam lather that will surround the dirt on your equipment and loosen it from the surface. It is important that you clean every leather surface.

Step 2: Remove the dirt and soap using a clean, damp sponge. Be sure that all soap is removed.

Step 3: Allow the leather to air dry for a few minutes. If necessary, use a towel to remove excess water.

Step 4: If the leather is a bit dry, apply a small amount of conditioner with a clean, dry sponge.

Optional "Finishing" Step: If you're looking for a rich, sheen finish, use a clean sponge to apply a small amount of glycerine saddle soap in small circular motions.

Up Next... Leather Care Part 3 - Leather Care Products: What, When & Why?

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  1. Hi, I have a questions about my Beval Gladstone. I bought this saddle last December and I like it a lot. However, the leather on the seat is sort of wrinkled. It's like there's too much of it and it wasn't stretched taut by the saddler. There was just a little bit of a wrinkle on the seat when I got it, I didn't think much of it--was just so excited to get the saddle I figured it was no big deal. Well the wrinkles seem to have grown. I can try to get a picture but I was wondering if Beval had any kind of warranty that covered this issue? This saddle has never been rained on and I followed Beval's cleaning instructions.

  2. Hello and thank you for following our blog! In order to assess what is specifically happening with your saddle, we would need to evaluate it in one of our workshops. Please feel free to send the saddle to us and be sure to include your name, phone number, email and reason for sending the saddle. If you wish to speak with one of our saddlers, please do not hesitate to call! You may contact either of the following locations:

    Beval NJ
    10 Park Ave
    Gladstone, NJ 07934

    Beval CT
    50 Pine St
    New Canaan, CT 06840

    We look forward to speaking with you soon!