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Independent Testing Shows Leather Therapy Strengthens Leather and Fights Mould

Independent Testing Shows Leather Therapy Strengthens Leather and Fights Mould

Oldwick, NJ Jan. ’00: Independent tests conducted by the Leather Industries Research Laboratory/University of Cincinnati for a major leather tannery showed that dry skirting leather soaked in Leather Therapy Conditioner and Wash proved 36% stronger than the same leather as it came from the tannery.

Leather samples were also inoculated with spores and incubated to test their resistance to mould and mildew. This test clearly suggested that Leather Therapy Conditioner inhibited mould growth—even beyond the treatment already present in the leather from the tannery.

“Leather Therapy’s resistance to microbiological growth is a great added advantage,” says Research Associate Randy Rowles. While the LIA does not endorse individual products, “these are products that I would personally recommend without hesitation.”

There is a common industry expectation, says Rowles, that leather care products, particularly cleaners, oftentimes deteriorate leather. “A lot has to do with the pH,” Rowles explains. “Leather is acidic. Conditioners and cleaners, especially soapy materials, are often too alkaline. They alter the leather’s chemistry and deterioration starts.”

Samples of vegetable-tanned skirting leather supplied by the tannery were treated with Leather Therapy Conditioner and Leather Therapy Wash, then broken on an Instron to test tensile strength. According to the lab’s final report, the Leather Therapy sample broke at 4900 pounds per square inch compared to 3600 pounds per square inch on skirting leather from the same hide.

“Although wet or oiled leather is normally stronger than dry leather, such a large increase in tensile strength is remarkable,” said Anna Carner Blangiforti, founder of Leather Therapy products. She notes that keeping leather strong is an important safety issue for equestrians, one of Leather Therapy’s primary markets. “To me, safe leather is great leather. Leather Therapy is capable of keeping it strong and supple—it is not a cosmetic. When leather starts to dry out or face the abuse of mould, Leather Therapy provides the solution.”

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