With the many different types of holsters available, you decided to invest in a nice leather holster for your gun. With this holster, you want to be sure you take proper care of your holster so it will last for many years. What do you need to do to ensure the longevity of your holster? Here are a few things you can do to your holster which will really payoff for your holster.
Store your leather holster in a dry, cool place. Avoid storing in direct sunlight or dry heat (the holster leather will dry out and crack). Your holster storage location shouldn't have high humidity. This causes mildew - not something you want on your holster!
If you leave gun in holster, check the holster regularly. Look for moisture, corrosion or condensation. Heavy perspiration or changes in atmosphere could bring about such conditions so monitor these to protect you gun and holster.
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You need to clean your holster to preserve the beauty and extend the life of your holster. A simple holster cleaning will go far to enhance the serviceability of the holster leather and protect your firearm. Invest in a hard bar of glycerin soap to clean your holster leather. Use a small amount of water with the soap to work into a rich lather. Rub it into the leather holster and want to wipe it off with a soft cloth to avoid scratching or marring of holster leather. Let holster thoroughly dry.
What not to do when caring for your holster. Don't saturate your holster or submerge it in water or liquid of any kind. If it does become wet, do not try to dry your holster in the oven or use the heat from a blow dryer to dry it. This will crack and dry out the holster leather. The holster life will be shortened considerably. Don't use any oils to treat your leather. These will saturate your holster causing the holster leather to soften. Your holster will not retain its custom holster shape and you'll be unhappy with it. With a little care and common sense, the life of your leather holster will be extended and provide you with much holster enjoyment for many years.