Leather Cleaner 300ml
Part No: NW05



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Nikwax Leather Cleaner 300ml

The safe, easy to use cleaner for all waterproof leather clothing, equipment and accessories.

Cleans safely, revitalises breathability and water repellency.

Easy to use soap based cleaner which removes stubborn dirt, grease, mould and insects from all leather clothing and equipment without leaving residues that spoil waterprooofing.

Ideal for leather garments and equipment with breathable linings such as Gore-Tex, SympaTex and Permatex.

Also for use on leather accessories including panniers, tack, car seats and general leather based products.

Why leather needs water repellancy

Leather clothing, equipment and accessories will absorb water and ‘wet out’ when used in damp or wet conditions if their Durable Water Repellency (DWR) has been compromised.

When leather absorbs water, tanning agents and lubricants are lost, which causes the leather to become dry, stiff and prone to splitting. Over time this will cause the structure of leather to degrade.

Additionally, when leather is wet its breathability is reduced. This causes leather clothing to become sweaty and wet inside from condensation.

Therefore, the DWR of your leather gear must be maintained to ensure comfort and performance. Through use, the outer surface of leather gear will pick up contaminants, such as dirt, which attract water, masking the effect of any DWR coating.
Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ will remove contaminants and revitalise DWR, enabling your leather gear to perform better and for longer.

Leather requires regular maintenance to perform at its best

Leather is hardwearing and breathable, making it an ideal material for use in the production of protective clothing, equipment and accessories.

During leather production, tanning agents are added to maintain the structure of leather and prevent microbial growth. If leather absorbs water, tanning agents will be lost. Over time this will compromise the structure of leather. Additionally, if leather becomes wet its breathability will be reduced. This is especially important for users of leather clothing, as reduced breathability can lead to condensation forming inside clothing, reducing the comfort of the wearer.

To prevent water absorption, Durable Water Repellency (DWR) is applied to leather gear.
Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ allows you to clean leather gear without damaging DWR. Additionally, cleaning with Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ will revitalise existing DWR, preventing water absorption and maintaining breathability.

Leather equipment is ideal for Motorcyclists and Horse Riders

Leather is a versatile material and as such is used in a number of applications, including protective clothing for motorcyclists, saddles and tack for horse riding, and panniers for cyclists. Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ will help your equipment to perform better and for longer.

How Nikwax Leather Cleaner maintains your waterproof leather gear

Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ is a highly effective cleaner which has been specifically designed and optimised for breathable leather gear. It is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof leather gear as it does not leave water-attracting (hydrophilic) residues, which lead to leather absorbing water and ‘wetting-out’.

Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ removes water absorbent dirt and stains picked up during use; this revitalises Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and causes water to bead on the outer surface once more.

Regular cleaning with Nikwax Leather Cleaner™ will revitalise existing DWR and revive breathability, keeping your leather gear in top condition.

Apply Nikwax Leather Cleaner by hand

Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Use gloves.

  • Wipe surface with damp cloth or rinse under running water to remove surface dirt. Use soft nylon brush if necessary.
  • Lay wet item flat on suitable surface.
  • Hold bottle 15 cm/6 inches away from item.
  • Apply evenly to outside of item. Rub in well, paying attention to particularly dirty areas using a soft brush to remove soiled marks.
  • Wipe surface with clean damp cloth.   

Note: For light/coloured leathers and soft nubuck/suede, test on a hidden area first.

To clean leather footwear use Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™. To waterproof leather items treat with Nikwax Leather Restorer™ and for footwear use Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ or Conditioner for Leather™.

Always allow leather to dry naturally.

  • Leave leather clothing, equipment or accessories to dry at room temperature
  • Keep away from fires and radiators, drying too quickly can crack leather.

Nikwax Leather Cleaner volume guide

One 300ml bottle is enough to clean 1-2 items depending on the condition of the leather being treated and the size of the item.