As a firefighter for 34 years, Marv Obenauf recognized that
firefighters’ boots are often in steam, heat, wet ashes (lye) and caustic fire
retardants, literally baking the leather and cooking the boots in lye.
And the boots were not lasting near as long as they used to,
but were costing much more.
As Marv researched these problems and sought a solution, the
real problem became evident. The so-called
conditioners were not protecting boots against these severe conditions.
Most leather treatments (conditioners) contain chemicals,
mink oil, or pine tar that seal off the pores causing a build-up of body acids,
which leads to dry rot; and/or soften by breaking down the fibers, which causes
premature cracking. These irreparable
damages shorten the service life of boots.
With much input from leather tanneries, boot companies, and a
leather research laboratory, Marv developed an industrial strength protection
that would also serve as a preservative to restore and extend the service life of
boots. He called it Heavy Duty LP
(Leather Preservative). And the liquid
version, for moderately wet and especially dry dusty conditions, he simply
named Leather Oil.
Obenauf’s preservatives protect leather from extraordinary
stresses imposed by heat, caustic chemicals, water, mud, salt, manure acids and
petroleum. Designed to resist the extreme conditions encountered in fighting
wildland fires, these products are also ideal for police, military personnel
and all types of emergency workers who depend on their protective gear to stay
With regular use, your leather will last longer and remain
comfortable. Use Obenauf’s Leather Oil in between treatments of LP for quick