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What Does Leather Conditioner Do?

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Ever wondered ‘What does leather conditioner do?'

If you want to know how to condition a leather purse or other accessories, leather conditioners replenish the natural oils that leather loses over time due to wear and exposure to environmental elements.

It keeps the leather supple and prevents it from drying out, which can lead to cracking and damage. Additionally, a leather conditioner provides a protective barrier against moisture, effectively guarding leather goods against water damage and stains.

In this guide, we'll explore how leather conditioners strengthen and moisturize your leather, enhance its appearance, and help it stand the test of time.

We'll also address common questions like when and how often to use a leather conditioner, suitable leather types for conditioning, and proper application techniques. 

What this article covers:

Why Should You Use a Leather Conditioner?

If you're wondering how to maintain leather bags and the like, using a leather conditioner is essential for maintaining the integrity and durability of leather goods over time.

As per our expertise, regular conditioning ensures that leather remains strong and flexible, preventing it from becoming stiff and difficult to use.

1. Leather Conditioners Strengthen And Moisturize Your Leather

By replenishing lost oils, a leather conditioner, like the one found in The Leather Care Kit by us at Andar, keeps the leather moisturized, preventing it from becoming dry and brittle.

This moisturized state results in stronger and more flexible leather, which reduces the risk of cracks or tears. In essence, conditioning helps preserve the structural integrity of the leather, ensuring it can withstand daily wear and tear.

Additionally, strengthened leather is more resistant to damage from environmental factors such as sunlight, moisture, and heat.

2. Leather Conditioners Improve The Appearance Of Real Leather

The use of leather conditioner not only strengthens and moisturizes leather but also significantly improves its appearance.

Based on our first-hand experience, a leather conditioner restores the natural luster and shine of leather, making it look refreshed and rejuvenated. It helps even out the color and texture by concealing minor imperfections and blemishes.

Moreover, conditioners can darken the leather slightly, enhancing its richness and depth of color, which our Andar users can attest to with preserving their leather wallets over time. Regular conditioning prevents leather from becoming dull and faded over time, maintaining its vibrant appearance.

Is a Leather Conditioner Right for Modern Leather?

Through our practical knowledge, a leather conditioner is suitable for modern leather goods, as it helps to maintain their quality and appearance.

While modern leather items may have different finishes and treatments than traditional grains, conditioning still helps to keep them supple and protected.

Whether it's a vintage-style bag like The Stevie or a sleek, contemporary wallet like The Pilot, conditioning is essential for preserving the leather's integrity.

Using a conditioner tailored to modern leather ensures that it remains soft, smooth, and resistant to damage, thereby prolonging its lifespan and preserving its aesthetic appeal.

When Should I Use a Leather Conditioner?

We generally recommend using our Andar leather conditioner every 6-12 months, depending on the frequency of use and exposure to the elements.

The frequency of conditioning leather depends on the factors such as:

  • climate
  • usage
  • condition of the leather

In humid climates, leather may need conditioning more frequently to prevent mold and mildew growth. Leather used in high-traffic areas or exposure to harsh elements may also require more frequent conditioning to maintain its integrity.

Observing the leather's appearance and feel is essential; if it looks dry or feels stiff, then it's time to do some conditioning.

Conditioning leather before storing it for an extended period helps prevent it from drying out and cracking. Additionally, after cleaning leather goods with products like The Leather Cream, applying conditioner afterwards restores moisture and preserves their condition.

Regular conditioning is also crucial in dry or arid climates, where leather is more prone to drying out and becoming damaged.

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What Leather Can I Condition?

Drawing from our experience, various types of leather can benefit from conditioning, including:

  • full-grain
  • top-grain
  • genuine
  • exotic

Full-grain leather, which we favor for its natural beauty and durability, is ideal for conditioning due to its inherent properties.

Top-grain leather, which undergoes sanding or buffing to remove imperfections, can also benefit from conditioning to preserve its quality.

Even genuine leather, despite potential imperfections, can be conditioned to improve its appearance and longevity.

Additionally, exotic leathers such as ostrich, alligator, and snake can be conditioned using specialized products from The Product Care range by us at Andar to keep them supple and prevent cracking.

How to Use Leather Conditioner to Clean Leather

Here's how you can use a leather conditioner to clean your leather items.

1. Cleaning Real Leather

Our investigation demonstrated that cleaning real leather requires gentle care to avoid damaging the material.

Start by removing any surface dirt or debris with a soft cloth made of microfibers. Use a mild leather cleaner like The Leather Cream in our range to clean the leather, applying it in a gentle, circular motion.

Allow the leather to air dry completely at room temperature before applying our leather conditioner. This step will ensure that your accessory is free from moisture during use and storage to prevent mold and mildew growth.

2. Using Leather Conditioner

Proper application of leather conditioner is essential to maximize its benefits.

Apply a small amount of our Andar leather conditioner to a clean, microfiber cloth found in The Leather Care Kit, ensuring that it's evenly distributed across the surface.

Lightly spray the conditioner into the leather, paying particular attention to areas prone to dryness or cracking.

Allow the conditioner to penetrate the leather for several minutes before wiping it off.

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3. Drying Your Bag With Leather Conditioner On

After applying our specialized Andar leather conditioner to your leather goods, allow them to air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area, avoiding direct sunlight or heat sources that could cause drying or cracking.

Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to gently blot any excess conditioner from the leather, ensuring that no residue is left behind to attract dust or dirt.

We recommend checking the leather periodically as it dries to ensure that it remains free from moisture and dust and that the conditioner has been absorbed evenly.

Once the leather is completely dry, buff it lightly with a soft cloth to restore its natural shine and smooth texture.


As we've seen in this guide, our leather conditioner plays a vital role in maintaining the quality, appearance, and longevity of leather goods.

By using the right conditioner and following proper application techniques, you can protect your investment and enjoy your modern leather goods for years to come.

Andar's firsthand experience with leather care products like the The Leather Care Kit ensures that you receive the premium conditioners tailored to your leather needs.

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