Originally Posted by patrick_b
A quick google search shows Sea Wool sponges ranging from $50+ to $15. Care to share a source for something that works well?
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but after doing my own google search prior to purchasing my sponge, I sort of came to the conclusion that any natural sea sponge will work. I don't see any difference between the ones that come up under "Sea Wool" versus any other natural sea sponge. I just ran down to my local arts and crafts store (Michael's), and bought a small bag of them for $5.00. They are in the paint supply isle for sponge painting. I wonder if the reason some of the ones on google are so expensive is because of how large they are? The ones that I got which are cut to size for sponge painting are more the size of a shoe polish applicator, so the size is familiar for use on shoes anyway.
The instructions on the saddle soap tin say to "Dampen a cloth or sponge and rub lightly over the soap to create a lather." However, when I used a cloth rag to apply saddle soap, it would create more of a wet paste that I would then rub all over my shoes. I was probably applying alot more saddle soap than necessary because it was hard to "see" it on the shoes, and it didn't seem to spread well before having to get more from the tin. When I used the sponge, it instantly created a nice foamy lather and I was able to cover an entire boot with only two dabs in the saddle soap tin. Definitely an improvement, and when I was done the leather still had the nice oily supple feel that it should have if you get proper coverage.
Edited by MoneyWellSpent - 1/17/13 at 10:16am