Be very very careful about treating leather. Anything that soaks in carries a risk that it will get to the
glue holding the bellows together. Cleaning off surface dirt is a good idea, followed by a good wax
polish which will help prevent chafing between folds of the gussets.
Thank you - very helpful - I hadn't considered a beeswax based wax polish.
My concerns are exactly as you describe, and I want to 'gae canny' before I actually do
Shoe creams of the type recommended in Dave Elliot's manual are (presumably) either
water- or solvent- based. Both of these give me a slight attack of the heebie-jeebies as
either could affect the glue used in the bellows, as you suggest. More specialised leather
treatments such as saddle soap, and other products used to treat horse furniture are
also a bit of a concern for the same reason...
I think you may well have supplied me with a solution...
Edited by lachenal74693, 29 July 2015 - 12:11 AM.