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Hi there, finally got a few days off and no jobs given ro me by the misses so planning on giving my watch straps a clean. Have an ultrasonic cleaner for my bracelets, but what are people using to clean/ condition their leather straps. Have just been giving them a quick clean with damp cloth and mild soap.
All responses will be gratefully received as was toying with car leather cleaner I have but suspect might be too harsh.
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warm soapy water, gentle toothbrush. Be ready to oil the leather after though.
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Depending on the strap it could change the look. I have the Cw vintage brown leather. I conditioned it a few weeks after and it doesn’t even look like the same strap. I used the leather conditioner I used on my living room furniture so maybe that is the issue. Just a heads up.
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Been looking into it and mink oil keeps being mentioned, if anyone has used it?
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Well, what do you clean your skin with? Using soap will dry out the leather so you'll need to condition afterwards.
conditioned it a few weeks after and it doesn’t even look like the same strap.
If leather conditioner doesn't darken the leather, it isn't working.
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Oh for sure I knew it would darken up but went from a mid to light brown to a permanent dark brown lol. It now looks nothing like the strap in the photos
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Htownsend wrote: Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:25 pm Been looking into it and mink oil keeps being mentioned, if anyone has used it?
I used mink oil on my boxing gloves for years it is ok. But there will be left over oil on the outside unless you wipe the hell out of it.
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Htownsend wrote: . . . . . .as was toying with car leather cleaner I have but suspect might be too harsh.
If you are thinking of the likes of Gliptone leather cleaner conditioner, I'll advocate that's fine.

I've been using it on my leather watch straps for years, to no ill effect.

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I’ve used saddle soap to clean straps. It’s available in hockey puck sized tins much like shoe polish cans. Easy to use and you don’t need much, even less if, like me, you don’t clean but a few straps and not even annually. :D It will darken lighter browns and greys. Didn’t seem to change my blue strap, nor the black ones.
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Htownsend wrote: Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:25 pm Been looking into it and mink oil keeps being mentioned, if anyone has used it?
Only on leather field boots. Expect your strap to darken.
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If you're in the US, I'll put in a word for Skidmore's leather cream -- beeswax-based and does wonderful things for maintaining new leather and restoring dried out leather. As others have noted above, proper conditioning will darken the strap, and it'll lighten again as it dries out. Indian-brand motorcycle riders can be very particular about the shade of their tan saddle leather, and this is a favourite with several I know. I also use it on wooden furniture.
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Rezn8r wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 4:30 am Indian-brand motorcycle riders can be very particular about the shade of their tan saddle leather, and this is a favourite with several I know.
Brilliant advert for a niche product @Rezn8r ! I wish all marketing could be this pertinent, resonant and cool :lol: :thumbup:
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I dropped a blob of mayo on a Tribus light tan strap, and that went several shades darker. It quite surprised me at the time, but in retrospect.....
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JAFO wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 11:24 am I dropped a blob of mayo on a Tribus light tan strap…..

That’s not what is meant when someone refers to dressing up a watch.
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Saddle soap, soft toothbrush, gently... Let dry completely.

Mink oil, wipe excess away after 10-20 minutes, wait overnight before wearing.

Unsealed leather will darken...
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