Lithium Hyper Cleanse and Hide Rehab leather treatments – Gear Review

We test Lithium leather cleaner and conditioner on these Aerostich Combat Lite Touring Boots, ridden through 4 days of rain, sleet, snow and covered with overspray from a dry chemical fire extinguisher

We got our hands on some new leather care products from Lithium Auto Elixirs, a company I’d never heard of based in Utah.  Lithium Auto Elixirs is a relatively new company that is producing a wide range of auto care products to compete with the likes of long established companies like Meguiar’s, P21S, Autoglym and the like.  In short, they’re targeting the higher end, ‘enthusiast’ vehicle market.

I finally had the opportunity to test Lithium’s leather care products on a 10-year old (but very well cared for) pair of Aerostich Combat Touring Lite motorcycle boots, pictured on the left.

(Note:  I’m testing these products on leather motorcycle boots – an application these Lithium leather care products were NEVER intended.  These Lithium products were intended to clean and condition the leather surfaces of automobile interiors.)  But I wondered how the products would do on EXTREMELY abused leather.

The Aerostich boots, as shown above, have just been worn on an 1,120 km motorcycle trip from Edmonton, AB to Idaho.  During the wet, cold trip, I wore them through 4 days of rain, sleet and snow, and the grunge you see on the boots is the residue from a dry chemical fire extinguisher that got deposited on the boots while putting out an electrical fire on a motorcycle.  (That’s another story.)

Step 1: I wiped the boots as clean as possible with a dry, cotton rag

Step 2: Spray a liberal amount of Lithium Hyper Cleanse on soiled areas

Step 4: Remove excess cleaner with a clean cloth and buff

Step 5: Apply Lithium Hide Rehab with a clean cloth

Step 6: Remove excess Hide Rehab conditioner with a clean cloth and buff. This is the final look after buffing.  Boots shown are 10-year old Aerostich Combat Lites

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Lithium Hyper Cleanse leather cleaner ($21.99 USD)

This leather cleaner comes in a 16 oz. spray bottle  I loved the ease of use, and it effortlessly removed the layer of grime and fire extinguisher chemical that had dried after being deposited on the then wet leather.

The Hyper Cleanse has a slightly ‘sweet’, non-chemical smell and the small bubbles floating on the surface hint there is detergent of some kind in the product.  Super easy to use, and superbly effective in cleaning the leather.  (We’ll be using this product on a late model Subaru Forester soon.)  Hyper Cleanse is vastly superior to the Fuller Fullpower Shoe Clean, a foam product I’ve been using to clean my boots for the last few years.  Highly recommended.

Lithium Hide Rehab leather conditioner ($29.99 USD)

This leather conditioner comes in a 16 oz. bottle.  The product has a creamy texture with the viscosity of a yogurt drink, and has a a very slight coconut odor.

I used a liberal amount on a dry, 100-percent cotton rag (not using a micro fibre cloth as the instructions suggest.)  The Hide Rehab is easy to apply and the product is thick enough a health glob doesn’t run off the application cloth, yet it’s thin enough to penetrate all the tiny crevices and into the boots’ stitches.

The finished appearance Hide Rehab gives is slightly shiny on the boots.  A shiny finish on auto interior leather is not something I’d want, but we’ll reserve comments on how it fares on the Subaru Forester’s leather interior when we test it in it’s proper application in the near future.

(Disclosure:  Test products were provided by Lithium Auto Elixirs)

 

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