The first oiling | Hermès

The first oiling

To protect the leather and let its qualities properly develop over time, it is essential to apply saddle oil prior to first use. This treatment waterproofs, softens and deeply nourishes the leather.
Apply the oil evenly over the article using a brush. Next, apply the replenishing balm using a sponge, without forgetting the seams, protected by the greasy substance. Finally, to achieve an even colour and remove any excess, massage the leather with a cloth or soft brush.
It is worth noting that calfskin and bull calfskin are more flexible than cowhide and should only be lightly oiled, as they absorb high amounts of oil. These are located on the seat, padded flaps and saddle panels.
Let the leather absorb the product for 24 hours in a ventilated room. Natural leather will darken before lightening slightly to obtain its definitive colour. Beware - there is a risk of transfer during the first few uses.

Daily care

Saddle leather is a natural material and needs to be cleaned regularly. Care should be tailored to the leather's use and wear, as well as the climate in which it is used.
Using a warm, damp sponge, generously apply the glycerine soap to the leather. Focus on areas that experience rubbing and where sweat and dust tend to settle. Repeat until the sponge stays clean. The glycerine has a nourishing effect on the leather, so there's no need to rinse after your last application. Simply remove the excess by massaging the leather with a cloth or a soft brush.
Depending on the condition of the leather, complete the glycerine soap process by applying the renovating balm. Once a year, if the leather becomes dry, apply oil to the hair side of the hide in order to nourish it in depth. Repeat this treatment if necessary.