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

Steven Ferry Care of Leather Goods, Part 7

by Steven Ferry

Conditioning Leather

Leather should be conditioned occasionally (depending on how dry the climate is) to
maintain its suppleness; or as a remedial action when the leather starts to dry out and crack; and certainly when the item has been neglected for a while. This is a two-step process that involves dusting the item first and then cleaning it with a gentle and natural cleaner without harsh chemicals. Next, apply a conditioner made of natural oils (to soften, moisturize, and shine), butters (to condition), and waxes (to protect). Use a cloth or soft sponge to apply and a dry cloth to remove any excess. The oils will soak into the leather fibers, enhance the shine, protect the surface from stains, mitigate cracks, and restore colour, while helping develop the patina.

Photo credit: Alf van Beem

Saddle Soap combines cleaner and conditioner for leather saddles and any other leathers that need to be cleaned as well as conditioned, waterproofed, and preserved.

Lanolin is an ingredient in leather care products that can be used where a soft, supple leather is desired, such as jackets or handbags. Avoid using lanolin-based products where a stiff feel is preferred, such as for some shoes or boots.

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.

Por Amer A. Vargas

Amer A. Vargas graduated with a Tourism Degree specializing in hotel management from CETT (Center for Tourism Studies) in Barcelona and spent the following decade in the service industry. Beginning as a waiter and then supervisor in high-end restaurants, he was next made responsible for raising service standards through staff training programs. After receiving further training as a butler, he worked as a butler and valet in private service as well as hotels in England and Europe.

During this time period, he translated the best-selling industry texts Butlers & Household Managers, 21st Century Professionals and Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators into Spanish and is currently creating butler training materials in the Spanish language.

As the Director of Spanish-speaking Markets, Amer is responsible for making the technology of butling available in private residences and hotels in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. He provides consultation, placement, and training services in these countries.