Thursday, May 08, 2014 Posted by Dina N
I love the smell and feel of leather. Whether it's a pair of shoes, a jacket, a purse, or my home office chair, I know that with proper care, it's something I can enjoy for years. The only thing that's not so great about leather, in my opinion, is that I can't just toss it in the laundry when it needs cleaning.
Recently, I tried a new cleaning and conditioning product for leather. Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 comes in an 8 oz bottle that reminds me of a drinking flask. The product is a water-based and can be used as a cleaner and conditioner. It comes with an applicator pad, sort of a sponge covered in soft white fabric. It is easy to use: pour a little on the applicator and rub into leather. As recommended, first I cleaned the leather with a damp cloth. The liniment was rather watery in consistency, so I had to be careful not to pour too much onto the applicator. I was a little surprised to see extra dirt on the applicator after I used it - clearly, a wipe with a damp cloth does not remove everything I think it does.
The last step was to buff gently after a brief drying time. I did as instructed, then left it alone for a while. The liniment left my leather looking nice and "refreshed", without the shiny oily residue that I've noticed with some other products. There is a pleasant almond-y scent that disappears after a few hours. The one thing I did not like was the slightly sticky feeling of the leather in some places - perhaps I used too much? Time will tell.
Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 is made from natural oils and conditioners and can be used on leather clothing, bags, auto interiors, furniture and more. You can find it online at leathermilk.com, along with other leather-pampering products. Check out their blog for some handy leather care tips.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.