Posted on January 19, 2010
Marksmen have used leather for holsters since the beginning of firearms. However, nobody expects you to know that history or how to properly care for a leather holster. That’s why we’re here.
Simply follow the guidelines (collected from various holster manufactures) outlined below to ensure your leather holster receives only the best TLC. And by properly cleaning and storing your gun holster, you will prolong the life of it and save money in the long run.
Note: Many have varying opinions on these treatments, so if you disagree with something or have found a better way, let us know in the comments section. These are just the “official” rules from those who produce holsters.
DO: Treat your gun regularly. If left untreated, dry rot can begin to occur. Unfortunately if you treat it improperly, your holster will begin to break down long before it can dry rot.
DON’T: Dry your leather holster using artificial heat from a hair dryer, oven, radiator, direct sunlight — you get the picture. This makes leather crack.
DO: Use hard-bar glycerin soap. Lather soap with water, rub onto the leather surface with a soft cloth, and wipe off.
DON’T: … get too soft on us now! And if you use oils like Neat Foot or Mink oil, you will. These oils saturate and soften the leather holster too much, negatively affecting its shape.
DO: Let your leather dry naturally. Your patience will pay off.
DON’T: Forget your holster on your car dashboard in the summer. Or anything, for that matter. Especially foodstuffs.
DO: Give your holster is a cool, dry home when it’s not at your side.
DON’T: Submerge your holster in any liquid, including water. So, no deep-sea holster diving, people!
DO: Use a neutral color of Kiwi polish after a holster wash. Buff it off with a brush or soft cloth.
DON’T: Leave your holster in a high-humidity space. That will cause mildew and quite possibly a funny smell. Conversely, a low-humidity space that’s too low will cause it to dry out.
DO: Continue reading this to get the low-down on some sweet types of leather.
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