As a firefighter for 34 years, Marv Obenauf recognized that firefighters’ boots are often in steam, heat, wet ashes (lye) and caustic fire
retardants which were literally baking the leather boots. 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 leather conditioners, available at that time, were not protecting boots against this severe working environment.
Most of those 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 additional input from leather tanneries, boot companies, and a
leather research laboratory, Marv developed an industrial strength protection for real leather conditioning 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 provide the best leather conditioning! Designed to resist the extreme conditions encountered while fighting
wild-land fires, these products are also ideal for police, military personnel
and all types of emergency workers who depend on their protective gear.
With regular use, your leather will last longer and remain
comfortable. Use Obenauf’s Leather Oil in between treatments of Heavy Duty LP for quick