Leather Care Newsletter Steven Ferry

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2021, Care of Leather Goods

Steven Ferry Care of Leather Goods, Part 6

by Steven Ferry


Avoid leather-care products made in China as they generally use inferior ingredients and harsh chemicals or smelly animal fats as opposed to natural butters or oils.

Avoid spray products, such as waterproofing sprays, which likewise use ingredients that are not necessarily good for leathers and which are too imprecise in application, hitting other areas than the intended leather. Suede spray products are an exception but must be used in very well-ventilated areas as they are toxic.

Avoid quick-application liquid polishes, as these likewise contain other ingredients that are unacceptable, usually leaving an added sheen that looks like petroleum floating on water.

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