How to Soften Metal Tanned Leather

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    • 1). Moisten a cotton cloth with warm water and wring it out. Dab some leather conditioning oil onto the cloth. Use leather conditioning oil made for leather jackets. Since this kind of conditioner is made to be used on all kinds of leather, it will not be too strong or harm metal-tanned leather, such as chromium-tanned leather. Some natural oils and saddle soaps are better used on thicker vegetable-tanned leathers.

    • 2). Rub the leather conditioner into the leather using a circular polishing motion. Begin at one side and rub the conditioner into every area on the leather. Add more conditioner to the cloth as it gets absorbed by the leather. Wait 30 minutes after applying the first coat of conditioner and then reapply once more in the same way. Repeat this once more again after waiting 30 minutes.

    • 3). Buff off any remaining conditioner on the surface of the leather using a soft cotton cloth. Buff it off in a rapid back-and-forth motion.

    • 4). Wear the leather if it is a pair of shoes or jacket as soon as the conditioner has been buffed off the surface. It will have softened the leather. Wearing the leather will help to soften it more and to break it in so that it conforms to the shape of your body.

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