So I got bored this week and decided to clean my leathers. I'm broke as a joke, and these things are fading fast. Faced with the dilemma of shipping them off and having them cleaned and conditioned for 150 bucks, I figured I'd give it a whirl myself. I threw them in the bath tub with some Dawn soap, let them air dry for a couple days, then slapped on some conditioner I got from Tandy Leatherworks.
in the tub:
Are they cleaner? Who knows. Do they smell any better? Not really. The leather is still pretty hard, especially around the arm pits and wrists, where it typically fails first. I guess I'll have to see if there is any difference after the conditioner sets in. If it buys me another month or two, I'd say its a win, considering it was only a couple hours time and 10 bucks.