Mink Oil Vs Leather Conditioner: Which is Better?

Mink oil vs leather conditionerIf treated and maintained in a perfect manner, leather items can remain intact for as long as 5000 years. Researches have proved that the oldest surviving leather is 5,500 years old!

You just need to know the proper ways of maintaining it!

Maintaining the leather includes several steps like cleaning, washing, fixing, etc. but most importantly conditioning the leather every three to six months.

Now, there is a lot of confusion over what is best for conditioning a leather boot, whether it is mink oil or it is a leather conditioner?

We have made a deep study on both the products and have put the two to tests to find the best working as a conditioning agent for your precious leather boots. And according to our study, leather conditioners are clearly the winners!

Why Do You Need to Condition your Leather Boots?

As our skin need good moisturizer to keep the moisture intact and prevent dullness or cracks on it, so does the leather being made of an animal skin. A good conditioning agent not only keeps the leather soft and supple and restores shine, but also acts as a barrier to lock in the essential moisture or natural oils within the leather and on the top of it provides waterproofing to the leather.

Use conditioners to soften the tar

Oiling or Conditioning? Which is Better?

Now you know the importance of conditioning your leather boots, but now the question is will you oil your boots or condition it using a leather conditioner? 

To know the answer, you need to consider the following points regarding the ever popular mink oil and leather conditioners:

Benefits of Using Mink Oil for Your Leather Boots:

 Mink oil is extracted from the fatty layer that underlies mink skins. The following are its benefits:

      • It makes the leather boots flexible
      • It makes the leather boots retain its softness
      • It adds that shine to the leather
      • It provides waterproofing effect to the leather
      • It acts as a protective barrier to retain moisture

The Negative Sides of Using Mink Oil:

Mink oil is definitely an alternative to leather conditioners, but can’t replace them for the following causes:

      • Over a long period of time, mink oil supposedly hardens the leather
      • It darkens the leather too much
      • It cannot provide that glossy shine to the leather that a conditioner can

How to Apply Mink Oil to your Leather Boots?

While you might contemplate over the point of providing that shine to your leather boots, but mink oil is a superb conditioning agent in terms of providing moistures and retaining the softness of your boots. So, if you want to give a good conditioning to your leather boots, this is how you can use the mink oil.

Why Do You Need to Condition your Leather Boots

Things Required:

      • Mink oil
      • A lint free soft cotton cloth
      • A sponge
      • A hair dryer

Steps to Follow:

      1. The very first step is to clean your leather boots.
      2. Heat the mink oil to a liquid using the hair dryer or by putting it near a heating source.
      3. Now using the sponge, apply the mink oil over your entire boot, covering especially the hard surfaces like the seams.
      4. Use the hair dryer to even more melt the mink oil over the enter surface of the boot, making sure that the oils seeps into the pores.
      5. Leave in the oil for 30 minutes to let it fully soak in your boots.
      6. Now take the soft cotton cloth and rub in small circles over the boot. This will make the oil to absorb even more and any excess oil will come off.
      7. Repeat the last step once again to get the required shine.

Pro tips:

      • You can use mink oil after every two weeks.
      • Do not use mink oil if the stitching of your boots is done with cotton threads. It will rot the stitching.
      • You can use mink oil in boots stitched with nylon threads.

What are Leather Conditioners?

There are plenty of leather conditioners available in the market and you can know about the best boot conditioners from our detailed study.

Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP Leather Conditioner Natural Oil Beeswax Formula (8oz)

However, if you want to avoid them, beeswax is one of the best leather conditioners that do its job perfectly for your leather boots.

Benefits of Leather Conditioners/Beeswax:

      • It nourishes the leather fibers
      • It restores the leather fibers
      • It helps in repelling water
      • It makes boots flexible
      • It brings back the shine of the boots
      • It softens and moisturizes the leather fibers
      • It makes your boots go a long way

The Negative Sides of Leather Conditioners/Beeswax:

      • Expensive
      • If color of the conditioner does not match the color of your boots, it might ruin the boots.

How to Apply Leather Conditioners to Your Boots?

The steps are pretty simple though:

      1. Using a cotton cloth apply a small amount of leather conditioner/beeswax to your boots.
      2. Massage in circular motions till you get the desired shine.
      3. Wipe off the excess product.
      4. Voila! You are done.

Who Wins the Fight?

Who Wins the Fight

Both mink oil and leather conditioners have their own pros and cons. But while leather conditioners are made for the purpose, mink oil is just a natural alternative to it.

Mink oil smells musky and might rot the leather in the long run, while leather conditioners have sweet smell and won’t rot the leather.

Mink oil will soften the leather while conditioners might not.

Leather conditioners provide better waterproofing than mink oil.

Leather conditioners are easy to apply and mink oil takes patience to work out.

So, according to us leather conditioners are a better option to be considered.

That’s all guys for today. Will be back soon with yet another exciting article.

Till then take care and…

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