Saddle soap is ideal for cleaning leather, but a mild moisturizing soap can also be used: leather is just treated, dyed skin, so if its good for your skin, it will work fine here. Rub a damp cloth with the soap to make a lather, and then rub this lather into the leather. Wipe off the excess. Water should not come directly in contact with the leather. Specific stains can be treated with a variety of solutions:
Mildew: Wipe down with a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water.
Ink: Apply hairspray and wipe down.
Grease: Corn starch or talcum powder can be sprinkled (not rubbed!) on the stain. Let it sit for a few hours to absorb the oil and wipe off.
Salt: Wipe down with a mix of 3 parts white vinegar and one part water.
No matter which treatment you use, always let the leather air dry. If you are having trouble with wet boots, get a shoe tree. These foot-shaped pieces of wood let the leather dry back into a boot shape.
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