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How to Apply



Heavy Duty LP

Approximately every six to eight weeks, condition your boots lightly. Apply by hand as body temperature helps melt it into the leather. Two applications will last much longer in severely wet conditions. Not recommended for suede.



Leather Oil

Apply Obenauf’s Leather Oil using the provided applicator dauber. For larger items use a clean cloth. When treating furniture, apparel, or larger leather items, work from one corner and gradually cover the entire surface with an equal amount of oil. Not recommended for suede.


Test first in a small, inconspicuous area to be sure you are pleased with the effect. Your leather may darken. Migration of oil through all fiber layers may take 7 days to show actual final color. Penetration will vary as leather density varies considerably in different areas due to thickness, dryness, and texture. Also, absorption depends on what finish has been put on the leather and what products have been applied previously.


The recommended approach is to apply one treatment at room temperature. Wait 1 hour for proper absorption, and buff to remove any excess oil. You may apply a second application. Do Not Saturate.


Water Shield

Obenauf’s Water Shield waterproofs most fabrics and suede. It can be used on leather as an extra protection. Apply after Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP or Obenauf’s Leather Oil.


Shake the bottle vigorously. Holding the bottle 6 to 12 inches away from the surface, spray in an even back and forth pattern. Two to four applications may be required. Waterproofing improves and lasts longer with multiple applications. Allow 1 hour between treatments. Rinse out the sprayer with hot water after final application to keep sprayer from getting clogged up during storage.



Leather Cleaner

Obenauf’s CLEANIT is made from saponified plant oils. Directions for use:


Shake the bottle vigorously. Remove heavy dirt with a soft brush. Spray on entire surface. If necessary, agitate with a soft bristled brush. Rinse or wipe clean. Heavily soiled areas may require soaking for one minute before rinsing. Repeat if necessary. Allow your leather items to dry fully before conditioning with Leather Oil or Heavy Duty LP.


Leather Care Guidelines

  • For maximum protection on boots, a second application of Heavy Duty LP may be applied for severely wet conditions.
  • Test carefully in an inconspicuous area if darkening is a concern.
  • Do not saturate any leather when using the Leather Oil.
  • Melt the Heavy Duty leather preservative for easier application.
  • Be Cool! Temperatures over 100 degrees can harm your leather. Never heat in an oven or near a fire.
  • Avoid extreme heat which can cause delamination of the glue bond on footwear.
  • Remove mud before it dries and draws the oils out.
  • Clean leather regularly to remove corrosive residues.
  • Hang boots upside down and remove boot laces during the drying process.
  • It’s better to apply a protective coating of leather preservative prior to exposure rather than trying to restore leather after it is damaged.
  • Old Firefighter’s Trick: Set your boots in a plastic bag in the sun briefly after applying Heavy Duty LP.
  • Oil your leather before storing it to avoid dry rot, premature cracking, mold, mildew, and bacterial growth.