First prepare your leather or suede moccasins by wiping them with a dry cloth. Next you may choose to apply saddle soap as it has the combined benefit of cleaning, conditioning, softening and moisturizing the leather or suede of your moccasin. You should reapply the saddle soap several times before wearing your moccasins. This treatment will probably darken the leather slightly but it helps keep your moccasins free from stains and prevents dirt from clogging the natural pores of the leather.
Then if you are looking for a natural treatment to protect your moccasins you can follow the saddle soap application with pure mink oil or a good quality leather lotion. Mink oil comes from the fat of minks and can be used to condition leather or suede. Mink oil paste can be melted before applying to allow greater saturation into the leather. Be aware of the mink oil compounds. While many competitive products are petroleum-based, find a mink oil that is 100% animal oils. Oil your moccasins frequently, to prevent the leather from becoming dry. Timing of reapplication will depend on the weather, humidity, amount and type of usage, Don’t forget to oil the leather laces to keep them pliable and to help prevent friction that may fray the tabs and button lacings.
If you are looking for maximum protection and only want to have to treat your moccasins once or twice a year then you may prefer to use TANA All Protector. TANA All Protector is an advanced fluoropolymer based formula that creates an invisible shield that allows material to breathe as it repels the elements. This high quality spray prevents dirt from settling into the leather making cleaning much easier. The invisible barrier that TANA All Protector creates will protect your moccasins when in contact with water. The spray keeps the leather or suede dry so the the water beads off preventing the soft leather from eventually cracking and drying out. To apply the TANA All Protector the leather or suede moccasin must be clean and dry. Shake the bottle really well and hold it upright, 15-20 cm away and spray the entire article. Do not fully saturate and allow to dry.
If your moccasins get dirty, then hand wash the outside of muddy or dusty moccasins with warm water. Then reapply saddle soap while they are still wet and let them air dry somewhere that is not in direct sunlight. After washing you can either reapply pure mink oil or coat with TANA All Protector, depending on which you prefer.
If you take care of your moccasins they are sure to last for many years. They will stay feeling soft and comfortable and looking great so it is well worth the effort. We hope this blog has answered your questions about proper care and cleaning of leather and suede moccasins. If you are looking to purchase a new pair of genuine moccasins that have been handmade in Canada then please visit one of our product pages today. We ship around the world and are happy to serve you.