DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW?
Awl Made Here says YES! to leather in the VI…
I know that some of you have had problems with mold & mildew: horrible, mean, green mold and mildew. But please, DON’T THROW AWAY your favorite leather pieces because of it. Most of the time, they CAN be saved. And most of the time, all it takes is a little bit of elbow grease.
First, take the item(s) OUTSIDE. You don’t want the mildew spores to spread around house. Wearing a dust mask and rubber gloves, by the way, is a good idea. Now, clean it. I usually take a damp rag and wipe the stuff off as best as I can. Repeat. Dry thoroughly. Then I make a solution of water and white vinegar and lightly spray the entire item. Dry. Repeat (repeat until there is no odor when completely dry).
Last step is to put a conditioner on the leather (any conditioner that was previously on the leather, was just removed with the vinegar solution). Neatsfoot oil compound, Mink oil, Lexol, Saddle soap to name just a few. I may have these for sale or you can most likely pick one up at the hardware store.
PREVENTION: do not store your leather in a plastic bag, or in anything for that matter. Keep it out in the open if you can, where it will get air movement and be touched & moved around every now and then. A closet is fine, as long as it gets touched and moved.