Are All Water-Repellant Products for Leather the Same?
The weather throws all manner of elements against the clothes we wear, none more evident that the shoes and boots upon our feet. I recently had need of a water repellent product for several pair of suede leather and cloth footwear. Not really knowing the difference in quality of the several brands available, I just bought the first product within reach. I chose TANA All Protector Water Repellant.
Water Repellent for Shoes, Fabric, Suede Leather and More
TANA All Protector Water Repellent has proven itself effective at shedding water and slush from footwear and clothing. Repelling the elements, it resists staining so your leather products will in most cases, not darken.
Best applied to clean (preferably new) surfaces, it also helps to prevent dirt and salt deposits from staining for fabrics, allows fabrics to breathe while providing superior water-repelling qualities.
At just under $10.00, this product is slightly more expensive than the next leading water repellent product, but I feel it is worth the price. Currently, the product comes in a 40% Extra spray can (224g. for the price of 160g.)
Testing TANA All Protector Water Repellent
I wanted to set-up a little test to show what impresses me about this product. For this experiment we will need a paper towel, magic marker and a shallow pan of water.
We begin by drawing a line across the middle of the paper towel, creating a boundary. Label each half according to whether it shall be TREATED or UNTREATED with the product.
Next, spray a few seconds of the water repellent on the half labeled TREATED. I sprayed both sides of the TREATED half. While it would be impractical to spray both the outside and the insides of shoes or boots, the amount used was minimal. It would be unlikely that the wearer would actually be standing in a puddle of water to prove a point. This experiment is merely to demonstrate that the product repels water. When used as directed, the results are without a doubt, the same.
Allow several minutes for the product to fully dry before the next step.
Place Water Repellant Treated Paper Towel into Pan of Water
Here we see the results. Laying in a shallow pan of water, the UNTREATED half of the paper towel is drenched. It easily absorbed the water, while the TREATED half remains dry.
I allowed this to soak in this manner for over 30-minutes and the dry half remained dry. Poking and stroking the TREATED half to immerse it in the water had no discernible affect. It remained dry to the touch despite being both on and under the water.
TANA All Protector Fabric/Leather Water Repellent has Passed my Test
While no water repellant treatment for fabrics or leather should be expected to withstand direct immersion and still retain the water-repellant ability, this product does protect and sheds water when used as directed and thus, meets their claim and surpassed my expectations.