Caring for Alligator Leather

Alligator skin is one of the most beautiful and luxurious leathers. It is a unique material, and requires special care to keep it in top shape.

Without care, the flexibility and appearance of alligator leather diminishes drastically. With some special care however, your alligator leather should last for several years.

Caring for leather can be divided into two main categories: damage prevention, and maintenance.

Damage Prevention
Avoid direct sunlight or rain, as both can do damage to the skins. Direct sunlight and any direct heat source can cause damage and a loss of natural sheen. Rain and other constant sources of water can also damage the leather, the same goes for spilling drinks on your leather, as this can cause the leather to crack.

If your boots get wet, dry them gently with a soft, absorbent cloth. Then leave them to air dry naturally.

Care
Caring for your alligator skin products is important. Maintenance isn’t hard to do, and hardly takes any time at all. Maintenance will help to preserve your leather, and keep it in healthy condition. When caring for your leather, always use the correct materials and cleaning products that are designed specifically for alligator leather. Harsh chemicals can damage the goods and darken their color. Never treat alligator leather with products that are intended for cowhide leather.

Clean your boots with a soft cloth and little liquid before applying moisturizer. While alligator leather is durable, without proper care, over time the leather’s flexibility and appearance will diminish. When using any cleaners or conditioning products, test them first in an inconspicuous place to see how your leather reacts. Keep in mind that while polish will enhance the shine - the oils and compounds in the leather must be replaced periodically to keep your product looking like new.

When it comes to replenishing, it is important to use a conditioner that is recommended for alligator, one that will replenish the oils as well as add water resistance. One product that works well for alligator leather is beeswax. Apply a light coating of extra fine beeswax to the boots, then gently rub the beeswax into the leather and lightly buff it.

Be sure to care for your leathers properly ahead of time - because once it cracks, it’s too late.

Maintenance and damage prevention can help to prolong the life of your leather, helping it to last –and look great, for years to come.

 

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