Ostrich leather is made from the skin of ostriches. Approximately 12 to 14 square feet of durable leather can come from a single adult ostrich. The markings that result from an ostrich leather piece’s location on the ostrich body--scales from the legs, and dot hole or bump patterns from pulled quills--when combined with various transparent dyes, give ostrich leather a distinctive appearance, making it an exotic fashion material highly prized in fashion circles. Ostrich leather requires little in the way of cleaning other than removing dirt and enriching the material to prevent cracking.

Step 1

Wipe dirt from your ostrich leather item with a soft, lint-free, damp, textured microfiber cloth. If you're dealing with something extremely dirty (for example, dried mud on boots), rub off the mud with a dry cloth and then follow with the damp cloth.

Step 2

Apply a thin layer of ostrich leather-approved conditioner or shoe creme to the leather surfaces, and then wait for the product to dry completely.

Step 3

Gently rub your ostrich leather in a circular motion to buff the leather after it has dried.