Pro-Tip Tuesday: Love Your Leather II

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Last week I shared some of my favorite leather care products and today I'm hilighting my absolute favorite, Fiebing's Mink Oil Paste. Last week I treated my new Kate Spade bag with mink oil paste to protect it against water and keep it looking great. It's super simple, but it does take some time. For this size bag it took me just over 2 hours. 

Before treating any leather test an inconspicuous patch. Some leathers may darken, and you may prefer the original shade.

You'll need an old but clean towel (there can be some color transfer), mink oil paste, some white cloths (other colors may transfer), and a super soft toothbrush or leather brush. Lay the bag on the towel and remove any removable hardware, straps, etc. Apply a generous amount of mink oil paste to your bag and rub it into the leather. Make sure to apply and work it into the seams and stitching as well. 

You'll notice in the next two photos the stitching becomes darker as well as some slight color transfer; this is totally normal. This particular leather did not darken much, if at all.

After you've rubbed the mink oil onto the entire bag, let it soak in for about 20 minutes and rub off any excess. Once it soaks into the leather completely (typically overnight) you may notice some excess dry paste around the seams and on the stitching as shown below, this is easily removed by gently brushing it away. Depending on how often you use a particular bag you should treat and condition it with mink oil once or twice a year.

Just days after treating my bag I got caught in a summer shower (which normally makes me freak out) but because I treated it the week prior much of the rain rolled right off and there were no visible marks or spots left after it dried completely. This is one tip I swear by!

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