Tips & Tricks – Leather Care Product Used By Luxury Brands

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Figuring out what products to condition, clean or protect my leather accessories always gives me a bit of anxiety. My worst nightmare would be using a product I’ve purchased with the best of intentions, which ends up being too harsh, damaging the finish, or discoloring the dye. Thanks to what I saw not one…but two, luxury brand boutiques using on their merchandise, I’m pretty secure in my new leather care product du jour and wanted to share this great tip.

The stuff is called Cadillac Boot and Shoe Care, and I’ve seen it get pulled out from behind a counter, and used to buff out minor scratches and condition leather accessories in both a Tod’s boutique, and get this…a Chanel boutique. If it’s good enough for Chanel, it’s good enough for me.

How To Use:

  • Use a soft, non-dyed cloth, like a small terry cloth towel, or piece of an old t-shirt. Avoid using a colored piece of cloth, in case of color transfer to your handbag.
  • I always give the bottle a good shake, and then squirt a small amount of conditioner on the cloth.
  • If you’re using on a handbag for the first time, it’s always a good idea to test a very small, not easily seen location on your leather item to make sure no damage occurs.
  • Very gently smooth the conditioner along the leather surface, paying a little more attention to scratches or problem areas. Gently smooth with the cloth until the conditioner disappears from the leather surface.
  • Let dry before putting your item away or wearing (dries pretty quick).

What products do you use to condition or clean your leather items? Any tips?

16 Comments

  • Reply October 9, 2012

    Jessy

    Literally just cared for all my leather items today. Took foreverrrrr, but was happy. I use Danier, a Canadian brand. They have all the products I need in one little baggy. :D

  • Reply October 9, 2012

    Jen

    I love Cadillac. When I worked at Nordstrom, that’s what they used and I loved it so have been using it eversince. It’s been over 10 years and I haven’t found anything comparable!

  • Reply October 10, 2012

    lisacng

    And if it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me! Tks! I bet this stuff works well for shoes too, right? My leather boots are so scuffed now, but I kinda dig that look for these particular pair. Tks for the reco and I’ll pin it and purchase it!

    • Reply October 10, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      I’d imagine it works just as well for shoes (but not suede, there’s special cleaners for that). I’m even thinking it would be good for leather jackets & other clothing.

  • Reply October 10, 2012

    Phoebe

    Thanks for this post!! Super helpful since I have an old coach purse I should definitely recondition!! :D

  • Reply October 10, 2012

    witheachpassingday

    Great post! I second lisacng. If it’s good for you then it’s good for me. Do you have any recommendation on suede?

    • Reply October 10, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Nothing ground breaking. I usually use the Kiwi brand stuff, mostly because it’s easy to find. I’d love recs for good products for suede if anyone knows of any!

      • Reply October 10, 2012

        witheachpassingday

        Thanks! Kelly. I have to give that a try. =)

  • It must be indeed the Cadillac of leather care. If Chanel is using this, it must be good.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  • Reply October 11, 2012

    Valery

    Does this work for any leather? I am a bit worried about thinner softer types
    like napa and lambskin?

    • Reply October 11, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      I’ve used it on lambskin (Chanel lambskin flap, which is very delicate) with good results, but don’t have any napa leather to try it on. I know for sure it can’t be used on suede.

  • Reply October 12, 2012

    Petite Tomatoes

    thank you for sharing! I’ve been looking for something trustworthy to clean my purses for a while now.

  • Reply October 13, 2012

    Amry

    Hi Kelly, thanks for the great tip! How do you care for leather jackets?

    • Reply October 13, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Amry! Leather jackets should be conditioned every now and then as well. I gave mine a little wipe down with some conditioner before I put it away last summer. I’ll do the same at the end of this winter.

  • Reply October 19, 2012

    Aubrey Dang

    kelly, have u used on your jcrew edie? does it get the scratch out?

    • Reply October 19, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      I have. It helps on the minor surface scratches, but doesn’t do much for the bigger ones. The bag still has scratches after conditioning, so that’s just the nature of the bag.

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