How to Polish Ostrich Leg Boots

by Dan Ketchum

Ostriches lend their valuable hides to everything from purses to smartphone cases.

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Ostrich leg leather, which has a smoother and more subtle texture than the bumpy quill pattern of leather taken from the feathered parts of the bird, is packed with natural oils. These oils lend the leather its natural suppleness and flexibility, and they also make it fairly resistant to drying and cracking. Despite its durability, ostrich leather does require a little regular maintenance, including a good conditioning and polishing every now and then to ensure maximum longevity.

Items you will need

  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Cotton swab (optional)
  • Water-based exotic leather conditioner
  • Neutral cream leather boot polish
Step 1

Wipe your ostrich leg leather boots free of loose dirt with a soft-bristled brush or damp, clean, lint-free cloth before polishing. You can also use a cotton swab to remove dirt and grime from the nooks and crannies of the boots.

Step 2

Apply a thin coat of water-based exotic leather conditioner. You can find this product, designed for use on exotic leathers such as ostrich leather and snake skin, at shoe stores and specialty leather shops. Gently rub the conditioner into the boots with a clean, lint-free cloth using circular motions. Allow the boots to dry completely before moving on.

Step 3

Rub another light coating of neutral cream leather boot polish over the surface of the boot. By the time you've covered the boot, the polish should dry a bit, giving it a cloudy appearance. Buff the polish off with another clean, lint-free cloth to give your ostrich leg leather boots a nice shine. Again, use a circular motion when buffing out the polish.

Tips

  • Apply a non-silicone water protector to your ostrich leg leather boots if you're likely to get wet while wearing them.

    Store your ostrich leg leather boots in a soft cloth bag or wrap them in tissue paper if you don't plan on wearing them for a long time. This practice helps preserve the leather.

Warnings

  • Always follow any instructions or warnings provided by the manufacturer of leather conditioners or polishes.

    Avoid using harsh chemicals, detergents or abrasives when caring for ostrich leather.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.