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Thread: anyone use Neatsfoot oil for boots or other leather?

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    anyone use Neatsfoot oil for boots or other leather?

    If so, ever had a problem with mildew growing on anything that you have stored away? Nothing to do with moisture I think.... Just noticed today a saddle and couple pair of boots that I haven't had out in a while have a kind of blue/green fuzzy mold/mildew on them. I have only used the neatsfoot oil on them... Everything else gets saddle soap and and a beeswax based polish and is fine (all stored in the same place)... Guessing it's something with the NF oil and wondering if anyone else noticed the problem.

    Thanks, Dave

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    same here with cartridge belts / and boots doug
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    I used to use it regularly on leather jackets back in the 70's, an attempt to keep the rain out.
    Trouble is that like many oil's it goes off, even smells rank, and in the end rots stitches and goes mouldy.
    These day I use bee's wax and linseed oil, or just good old dubbin.

    Neil.

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    The tin just emptied has been ok from start to finish, got a new tin today, hopefully that will be the same as its predecessor ?

    I have only ever used it on my tracking leads, doesn't last too long on those with the use, never had a problem SO FAR


    ATB

    Phil

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    I use ko-cho-line and still have a big plastic tub I bought maybe twenty years plus ago. Never had a mildew problem.

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    I got a bottle of neatsfoot oil off the internet.. have used it on several leather rifle slings and a pair of shoes to soften the leather. Worked really well . No sign of any mould after 9 months.

    David.

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    This sounds like damp , I have had this problem with leather boots that I had to leave in a porch this winter. I think that it is wise to examine leather goods regularly for this sort of problem, and for drying out and cracking.

    atb Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    Trouble is that like many oil's it goes off, even smells rank, and in the end rots stitches and goes mouldy.
    These day I use bee's wax and linseed oil, or just good old dubbin.

    Neil.
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    Neats foot is made from calves' or young cattle lower leg bones and feet (not hooves).

    Neat is an old word for cow.

    So, totally organic, high in fat and natural oils, so will go rancid in time if allowed to remain moist.
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