There are numerous leather conditioning products in the marketplace, and they generally have the same overall function: to preserve the performance and aesthetics of leather. This can be achieved by:

• Replenishing the lubricating oils ("fatliquors") that have been oxidized and otherwise lost during its lifetime, and/or:

• Replacing moisture lost through evaporation.

However, leather is a very chemically complex material, and if the conditioning product is incompatible with it in anyway, it can exert a damaging effect:

Finish peeling, finish cracking, color transfer ("crocking"), yellowing, and general leather degradation are some of the problems that can be caused by the application of an improperly formulated, incompatible leather treatment product.

So, if you are about to launch a new leather conditioning product, or if your company wants to endorse a specific leather conditioner for your product, then you must test the specific conditioner with your leather or leather product first!
We are very experienced in performing this type of study. We test a range of key performance attributes of the leather before and after application of the leather treatment product, and compare the results to determine whether the treatment caused any adverse effect.

Contact the Leather Research Laboratory for details!