Carat All Natural Leather CareThursday, March 14, 2013
Carat All Natural Leather Care has recently become available in Canada. The 100% natural balm is of German design and contains bees wax, jojoba oil, vaseline and lanoline. It is available in three sizes: 37 ml, 60 ml and 170 ml. The two smaller sizes come with one sponge whereas the largest size comes with two sponges.
I first tested out the Carat Leather Balm on my old Finn Comfort shoes (also made in Germany). I've had these shoes for several years now and have taken quite a beating. In fact, the tread is pretty much warn out, I've worn them that much. As you can see in the photo above, the leather balm has managed to breathe new life into the leather, particularly in the toe area which often takes the brunt of wear and tear. I was happy with the result so I decided to put Carat to a much more challenging and large-scale task: the leather upholstery in my 2012 Jeep Wrangler.
|Before and after using Carat Leather Cleaner|
My Jeep Wrangler is actually my very first vehicle with leather interior. I've had it for just over a year and throughout that time, I have never properly treated the leather. I would simply use a slightly damp cloth to wipe up spills and such, and then wipe dry with a clean cloth. I know water can cause damage to leather so I was eager to use the Carat Leather Cleaner, which is designed to remove dirt and stains, with the exception of pen marks. I diluted it as per the instructions:
- Add water to a sponge and squeeze out two thirds.
- Add three to five drops of the cleaner to the sponge.
- Create foam by gently massaging the sponge.
- Rub it on the leather ensuring that there is always foam.
- Dry with a towel, avoiding sunlight.
- Finish with the leather balm.
|Before and after using Carat Leather Balm|
Seeing as my kids are always kicking the back of the front seats with their dirty boots and shoes, the leather was incredibly dirty. The cleaner did the trick but it was the balm that returned the leather to its like-new state. It was shocking to see the difference. While it took me nearly two hours to clean all of the leather interior in my Jeep, it was worth it. Not only does it smell nice, I managed to clear the clutter that had accumulated over the last few months and I am no longer embarrassed to have passengers in my Jeep. It's like spring cleaning has already begun. Spring-like weather? Not so much.
Carat Leather Products range in price from $6.99 to $24.99 and are currently available for purchase at www.kollap.com.
Disclosure: I was sent product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.