As far as preserving the leather and softening it. Get LEXOL leather cleaner and also LEXOL Leather conditioner. But make sure not to get it on the label. As far as the cleaner. Depending on how dried out the leather is You can put the conditioner on first to soften it and then go back to the leather cleaner and use a soft cloth. They have discontinued this particular bottle and went back to a squeeze bottle. If you are in horse country and have an Equestrian shop around. You can also purchase Saddle soap to clean the leather.