Leather is skin. When it's alive, it receives nourishment in the form of natural oils from the body. Leather products no longer receive that nourishment and are therefore prone to drying out and eventually cracking. Good leather maintenance and conditioning will give a very long life to your leather boots.
For this BB, you will clean and condition leather shoes, boots, or sandals using natural products.
- inspect for areas that need pre-repair to prevent needing full repair
- cleaning leather
- waterproofing or conditioning technique
How to Clean and Condition Leather - Natural Coconut Oil Leather Care
Boot restoration. Conditioning the dried out leather. (Mink oil)
How to Make Your Own Natural Waterproofing Leather Boot Balm
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Cleaning a pair of leather boots, shoes, or sandals.
- Conditioning and/or waterproofing them.
To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- describe the kind of leather and the techniques used for maintenance
- Show your footwear before performing maintenance
- Show cleaning the item
- Show conditioning and/or waterproofing your footwear
- Show your properly cleaned and conditioned boots, shoes, or sandals.
Edit* I meant to post this in the leather maintenance BB, my bad.
So my dad works at a factory outside of town, and part of his benefits includes a free pair of work boots every year. He doesn't go through them that quick so he gets all of us kids a pair instead. So far no one has questioned his ever-changing shoe sizes (lol). So I have a steel-toe pair of blundstones. I've had them for two years now and I've never done maintenance on them. They've seen it all pretty much: road salt, mud, big puddles, paint, heat, cold and what not. Pretty darn impressive that they look the way they do I'd say. Anyways, the maintenance.
So first I left my boots inside to dry for the past couple days. Then I gave them a wipe down with a damp cloth and brushed them with an old tooth brush to get any remaining dirt off. I microwaved about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until it was liquid, then used another cloth to spread it around the boot as evenly as I could. I did both boots this way, and they are now sitting and drying. I love how tropical they smell.
Following this I tried waterproofing my dad's blundstones. They're the exact same boot I have just smaller. So I wiped them down as well with the damp cloth, and brushed them. Then I rubbed a bar of beeswax all over the boot to get a thin layer of it on there. Then I went at it with the blow dryer and rubbed the wax in as it melted. Notice the after pic with the water beads on top...looks like it worked! Also blundstones are made of greasy kip leather which I found out through their website if anyone is curious.