Protecting leather is essential to prevent soil build up and colour loss due to wear. This must not be confused with conditioning which is a separate issue. Leather does not need conditioning as it is only the surface that needs looking after. It's hard to imagine this but if anything gets through the outer layer, then it will eventually get further into the leather itself. This why it is so important to protect the outer layer.
Protection can be applied to old and new leather items (older items will need to be cleaned first). The leather protection cream that we apply provides a protective barrier to the leather preventing stains, dirt and liquids penetrating the surface.
It is suitable for all leather types except suede and nubuck, and this process is applied as part of the cleaning or restoration process. It is an essential addition - especially for those expensive Aniline leathers as the picture above demonstrates - during our testing programme.
Finishes are applied to pigmented leathers when new and after recolouring/restoration to protect the coloured surface. This differs from protection in that it is a permanent finish which will last for years. It can either be a matt, satin or gloss finish - whichever is desired. However, like all finishes it will start to wear thinner and thinner so we would always recommend applying protection cream every time it's cleaned. Any permanent finishes cannot be applied to nubuck or suede and shouldn't be used on anilines otherwise it will affect the feel of this type of leather.
Leather Protecting Harpenden AL5
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