How to Apply a Leather Protector Spray

Leather is an organic material derived from processed animal skins by a process called tanning. This chemical process removes the tissues from animal hides (raw and unprocessed animal skins) by alternated soaking and rinsing in chemical solutions and agents. The leather is then made into products that can be found among bags, footwears, gloves, jackets, trousers, car interiors, and home upholsteries.

It is preferred over any other materials because of its oil and water repelling properties. It can also resist scratches and abrasions more effectively than other cloth or textile products.

There are social and environmental considerations involved in producing leather. Animal conservationists and advocates have strongly opposed the use of animal skins. Religious practices among various groups had deterred in using leather.

How to apply leather protector spray

The vegan or vegetarian groups are openly criticizing and condemning the unprecedented slaughter of animals for their valuable skins. These groups unanimously proposed alternative products made of synthesized leather or artificial leather.

The commercial impact of leather products from exotic animal skins, however, costs more than their synthetic replacements. Thus, different states/governments had formulated various ways to optimize the leather industry.


How to Protect Products Made of Leather

Leather protection products are commercially available in the market today. They are made in various forms, and different ways to apply. There are protector products dispensed in spray containers. Other products are sold as wax compound, and some are made as conditioning soap.

In general, all these products were developed, and sold for protecting the leather surface.

Every leather protector product is economically different from one another. Their effectiveness may remain the same, though. The wax-based and soap type protectors are messy and cumbersome. Their ability to reach the nooks and creases of the leather surface depends on the resourcefulness of the cleaning person.

The waxing process starts with an applicator cloth. Then, it is dipped and dabbed it into the wax material, and meticulously spread along the leather surface. This process is repeated until the entire area is covered with wax, or the protectant has been depleted.

However, repeatedly dipping and dabbing the applicator into the surface and wax might cause dirt and debris to cling onto the cloth. They can be embedded deeply into the wax material, and/or stick onto the applicator cloth. This might scratch and eventually damage the leather surface.

The leather protector spray comes in handy and addresses the problem of debris scratching the leather surfaces. They are considered bang for the buck, and are worth the investment in protecting leather products. These spray protectors are composed of conserving ingredients and dispersants. These dispersants ensure that every tiny mist of the compound has similar compositions. They eluate the applicator cloth in waxing process. They are quickly spread and takes care of hard-to-reach zones.

The microscopic cracks that act as gateways for stains are evenly filled with protectants. The application is simpler and better. The compound is simply sprayed on the leather surface. Then, wiped with a lint-free cloth to spread them evenly across the leather surface. When dried, the leather is finally buffed with a clean cloth for rejuvenation.

The leather protector sprays can prevent surface stains by creeping into the microcracks and sealing them up. Thus, moisture is prevented from reaching down into leather surface and creating the ugly mold and mildew patterns. These spray products guarantee that the surface will not crack because of drying. Thus, the leather protector spray products are essential pair of leather products for conditioning and preservation.


Applying the Leather Protector Spray

Different people use different techniques in applying the leather protector spray product. Some simply spray them directly on the surface and forgets. Others wet a piece of cloth with it, and used to wipe the surface.

Among the leather protector spray products, there are generic steps defined to provide the essential leather protection. The spray should be applied on a dry, and clean leather surface. It must be spread evenly, and buffed for good reconditioning and protection. To fully understand the outlined steps, the generic steps are as follows:

1.) Initially, ensure that there are no debris lodged into crevasses, edges, and inaccessible corners. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up and reach those hard-to-reach spots. Clean up any lingering debris, and take up as much dirt that had settled on microcracks. This step prepares the surface from grits and dirt
that may scratch when wiped with a cloth for the succeeding steps.

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2.) Wipe the vacuum-cleaned leather surface with a soft damp cloth. Wash the cloth with water and mild detergent only. Never use any cleanser with acids, chemicals, or pesticides on the leather surface. This step ensures that dirt and stains that were not removed by vacuum cleaner are eliminated. Molds and

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mildews on microcracks are removed as well.


3.) Spray the leather protector into the surface directly. It should be aimed to distribute evenly along the entire area. Avoid excessive spraying, that it floods the compound on the leather surface. Excessive leather protector spray application does not guarantee extreme protection. Just use enough

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amount of protectant.

4.) Disperse the sprayed protectant into an even surface wetting. Make sure that every corner, and every surface of the leather receive the same amount of liquid pr

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otectant. Double check to ensure that all areas are sparingly covered.

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5.) Allow the liquid protectant to dry as needed. As the enzymes of the spray solidifies and make a protective coating, skillfully wipe it with a clean, dry cloth to buff and shine the leather surface. These dried protective components and enzyme form a top coat (protective wax) over the surface. They close all microcracks to prevent water from seeping in. They protect the leather from drying, and prevent the appearance of stains. The leather protector preserves and restores the pristine condition of the leather surface.

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6.) The leather is finally wiped and polished to a nice shine and luster. The use of lint-free chamois or buffing cloth with microfibers is highly recommended. It can effectively disperse the remnants of protective top coat into microscopic creases of the leather. A well-protected leather surface is shiny and lustrous. Buffing in a circular motion is suggested and highly recommended.

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Summary and General Recommendation

The protection of the leather and its surface is essential and necessary. It can be done regularly, like for furniture pieces, every 6 months is ideal. For other personal items, such as belts, bags, and/or shoes, it can be done weekly or every 2 weeks. When the leather product was previously exposed to rain, let it dry in free air. Then, apply a leather protective spray to recondition and restore its pristine condition.

The leather protector spray stays as the top choice for conditioning and preserving leather. Be it in homes, or in cars, or furniture. In choosing the right spray product, ensure that the listed ingredients do not contain any pesticides, and acidic compounds.

A good leather protector spray product must have an accompanying cleaning solution to complement its protection. It is also nice to have the recommended buffing cloth from the manufacturer. Lint-free cloth is preferred and must always be used.

The selection of leather protector spray product is both economical and effective. It gently reconditions, and preserves the leather surface. It does not cause surface abrasions and scratches.

A good and effective leather protector spray should simply ward off oil, and repel water.

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