Leather Care

The leather we use in all of Kismet Collars’ products requires very little maintenance. We’re lazy ourselves, and don’t want to have to spend a ton of time worrying about our gear. Here are a few very simple care tips to keep your Kismet Collars’ gear in tip-top shape:

If it gets dirty…

Fear not! Just wipe it off with a wet towel or rag and you’re good to go. No further action necessary 🙂

If it gets splashed…

Our leather repels water amazingly well on its’ own, so no worries! You don’t have to do anything.

If it gets nasty…

If your pup decided to roll in something nasty, [ as dogs often do ] clean the collar or leash with some mild dish soap. Rinse it off, scrub it down with deluded soap, then buckle and let it air dry. After drying, if the leather feels stiff,  apply a thin coat of conditioner. Cleaning with soap removes the natural oils from the leather, which if not restored, can lead to excessive drying and cracking.

If it gets soaked…

While it’s pretty hard to get the leather we use soaking wet, should it happen, simply buckle the collar and allow it to air dry naturally. Do NOT hang wet leather to dry, this promotes stretching. If, after drying, your gear feels a little TOO dry and brittle, hit it with some neatsfoot oil or your favorite leather conditioner to restore it.

If it gets too stiff…

If your pup is regularly using their collar, and you’re regularly using your leash, it’s unlikely you gear will dry out. The natural oils from you and your pup will help to condition your leather naturally. That said, sometimes things happen. If your gear starts to feel too brittle, stiff, or dry, lightly oil it with some neatsfoot oil, or hit it with your favorite leather conditioner. Start with a little and work your way up so you don’t over oil it.

If it gets too oily…

Some pups just produce a lot more oil from their coats, or maybe you accidentally over conditioned your gear. No worries, it’s usually an easy fix. If your gear starts feeling a little too greasy, just rinse it and soap it up with some mild dish soap, buckle and allow it to air dry. Soap will help remove the excess oil. If, by chance, too much is removed and the gear goes TOO dry, lightly re-oil or re-condition it.

To avoid stretching…

Leather is prone to stretch a little as the fibers naturally soften over time, however, this should not affect how it fits on your dog. In truth, it will become more comfortable as the collar becomes more supple and less rigid. That said, in order to avoid excessive stretching, never hang your wet leather to dry. Prevention is always better than a cure, so also make sure you’re buying a collar or leash that matches the strength and activity level of your dog.

To avoid degredation…

When using leather cleaning and / or conditioning products, please avoid “combination” cleaners / conditioners such as “saddle soap.” Cleaning and conditioning should be a two-step process, combination cleaners / conditioners neither fully condition nor fully clean leather well. In fact, they do the opposite and allow both soap and oil to penetrate and get stuck in the pores of the leather, degrading it over time.

Please note that these leather care instructions are specifically for Kismet Collars’ products.

If you are looking for care instructions on how to maintain other leather products not made by Kismet Collars, contact your manufacturer / craftsman. There are many different types of leather, from many different tanneries, and suppliers. Each one will have its own set of characteristics,  and likewise, their own unique care requirements. While the leather we use here at Kismet Collars is very resilient against water, other leather products may not be. We can not advise you on how to treat leather that we have no experience with, so be sure to follow your makers outlines.