What are the ingredients in Colorado Leather Balm? Even though there is no regulation or requirement for leather care products to list ingredients (so most companies do not), Colorado Leather Balm proudly lists our ingredients on every label. Since we want to know what ingredients are in the products we use, we figured our customers would, too. With rare exception, all leather conditioners generally have some sort of combination of fat, oil, and wax.
What kinds of leather should Colorado Leather Balm be used on?
Any type of leather that is finished in such a way that it will absorb conditioner, such as aniline or semi-aniline finishes, vegetable tanned leathers, many chrome-tanned leathers, and oil pull-up leathers. Examples of these are: saddles, tack and harness, boots and shoes, handbags, purses, belts, wallets, older leather furniture, older leather vehicle seats, baseball gloves, and even some leather clothing.
What types of leather are not a good fit to use Colorado Leather Balm on?
Any leather that has a waterproof coating or nonporous finish on it, such as new car leather seats, or often leather furniture that is sold as stain proof. The finish on these leathers is such that it will not absorb Colorado Leather Balm. (Often you can just wipe down leather that has this type of finish with a damp cloth and it will do the trick to clean it). Other leathers that Colorado Leather Balm should not be used on are suede and nubuck leathers. When in doubt, test Colorado Leather Balm on a small, out of sight area of your leather to see what it looks like.
How do I use my Colorado Leather Balm?
Clean leather using a damp cloth rinsed in warm water with a few drops of dish soap (not glycerin based soap- that’s bad because the PH is not balanced for leather).
When leather is still slightly damp but clean, scoop a bit of Colorado leather balm out with your fingers and massage into your leather. The slight bit of water still on the surface of the leather will help to conduct the balm deeper into the leather as the dried out leather fibers below the surface wicks the moisture away from the top of the leather. The warmth of your hand and the friction created by you rubbing in the balm also helps to distribute the balm into the leather fibers. Continue with applications until leather is saturated and does not absorb any more balm. For best results, let sit 6-24 hours after applying for full absorption, then take a clean rag (microfiber or an old washcloth both work great), or a very soft brush and gently rub out or buff leather until surface is shiny, smooth to touch and no longer tacky. Before you buff out the leather, you might see some white residue- this is just extra balm on the surface- it will buff out. For especially dry leather, this entire process can be repeated multiple times. Note: This product will likely DARKEN leather, (especially overly dry leather) as it deeply nourishes, conditions, and protects it. Take special care when applying Colorado Leather Balm to carved or tooled leather or on leather seams- the balm can get stuck down in the carved areas and crevices, making it difficult to remove later. If you do get balm stuck in a deeply tooled area, don't fret- gently use a tooth pick to clean it out, or gently buff out by hand with an old tooth brush.
Lastly, a little goes a long ways. When in doubt, test Colorado Leather Balm in a small, out of sight area of your leather item to be sure of how it will look before applying to the entire leather piece.
Why does my leather have a white residue on it after I treated it with Colorado Leather Balm?
This is just excess leather balm on the surface- it will easily buff away with a cloth or soft bristled polishing brush.