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, Ro Bourdeau <moose.mom@...> wrote:
> If you're looking for glycerin, <<<snipped>>>
I didn't know you could use it for leather (I use it for food - as
you can tell from where I get mine - g).
And I'd no idea I could find the stuff in the baking aisle or in
places like JoAnn's! Thank you, Ro!
The glycerin really is just for extreme cases of reconditioning, not
for general maintenance or regular conditioning, and you probably
shouldn't even think about using it on anything other than the top
grain, such as suede or 'splits.' I've used it in a couple of
instances to *restore* leather before reconditioning it; one of those
was a pair of gloves someone had had sitting in their attic for the
past thirty years (!!) and which were so dry and brittle I thought
they'd break before they could be treated, but the glycerin helped
hugely to restore the leather. A little bit of water, maybe one part
water to four parts glycerin, isn't a bad idea: it's the water that
does the moisturizing, the glycering just holds it there. Either in
the glycerin or immediately following the application of the glycerin,
you do have to have water involved.
But I would *not*, repeat most emphatically **not** use glycerin as a
general, all around leather conditioner precisely because it is
hygroscopic (attracts water) and if the leather article is going to be
sitting around unused for a while, various molds can take hold.
(Guess how I learned this?)
Prevention is always better than cure, though. Regular, frequent
cleaning with saddle soap and the regular application of a leather
conditioner and/or neatsfoot oil should keep a leather article in good
shape. Just be aware that both saddle soaping and applying any kind
of conditioner or oil will darken leather.
Yseult the Gentle