A while back I posted a few questions about the care and feeding of an F250 King Ranch I recently picked up on the used market. Most of the questions were answered right away (many thanks, y'all!), but the question about the leather was kinda left hanging.
So, I read the manual. No kidding. Right there in print it said to contact the King Ranch saddle shop (www.krsaddleshop.com
) if you have stains in the leather. So I did. The gal that answered the phone seemed to see my questions coming.
My particular case was not unusual. A couple of years on the leather without any visible signs of care. Some stains from coffee, water, food, and the previous owner only knew what else. Her advice? A couple of drops of "no more tears baby shampoo" in some warm water and a soft rag. After that, use a "high quality leather conditioner" every two weeks for two months to get some moisture back into the leather. After that, maybe every 6 months, depending on the shape of the leather. Interestingly enough, she wasn't pushing the King Ranch Leather Conditioner. When I asked what was considered "high quality" she said "well, Brothers is one..." along with the KR leather conditioner. I'll try the KR first and let you know.
I tried the shampoo this evening. The water turned out pretty dark when I was done, and the leather looked a bit better, but I won't know until after it dries. I can certainly tell that it's thirsty though.
More after the first conditioning. I'll try to remember "before" and "after" pics.