I get a lot of questions from friends on how I condition and polish my leather boots. Taking care of your leather goods with a conditioner is a simple and easy thing to do to help them last a long time. This conditioning routine is quick and only requires one product. Treat your leather goods every two months when they’re looking dull to bring them back to life; it’ll really make the world of difference.
Supplies you’ll need:
- A towel to lay your materials on
- A pair of leather boots (I demonstrate on my Frye 12R Harness Boots)
- A bottle of Lexol Leather Conditioner
- A small wash cloth or a few paper towels
Here’s how to use Lexol to condition your leather boots, step by step:
- lay your towel flat on the surface you’re working on to protect it
- lay down your boots flat
- shake Lexol bottle well and generously spritz boots
- after about 10-30 seconds, wipe boots with your wash cloth or paper towel in upwards motions
- wipe until all of the wet spots are gone
- repeat for each side of your boot
It’s fine for the boots to be a little bit damp when you finish, since the trace amounts of conditioner will absorb in the leather, so don’t worry about wiping the leather until it’s bone dry. Remember to avoid getting the Lexol on your skin, after all it is a chemical. Also try to avoid intricate hardware or non-leather areas that might get tarnished or stained.
The leather conditioner obviously won’t reverse deep cracks or creases in leather, but it will smooth out the overall appearance of it. Again, I do this process about every two months since I wear my Fryes a lot.
You can of course use this same process on any leather handbags or jackets you might also own. Lexol is actually most commonly used on horse bridles and for car interior detailing, so it’s suitable for most types of leather.
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial. Please leave your suggestions and requests for the next one in the comments section.
this is such a great reminder for me to do my boots! I really need to get on this. I was looking for a good condition, thanks for sharing!
Candy Kage says
Happy someone addressed this. Thanks for the instructions.
Roxy Crenshaw says
Thanks for putting this one the forefront of my mind! I totally agree that this is the key to making your boots last. I’ve actually never conditioned my boots (hangs head in shame), but these instructions and the video will be super helpful so I can actually do it!
Dara @ The Southern Thing says
Great tips! I need to try this on my boots.
Emily | Rainbowdelicious.com says
Great tips, you can really tell a difference! Now I kind of wish I hadn’t given away my boots during my clothing purge earlier this year! All they needed was a little conditioning. Lesson learned!