I have to confess...I'm not the greatest at taking care of my stuff. I'm trying to be more careful but simply put, I'm a klutz! In an attempt to be a better owner of shoes and handbags, I bought the Apple Garde Cleaning Kit and Stain Repellent but leave it to me to not even bother using the products until a few months later :P However, the important thing is the fact that I finally treated my suede and exotics this weekend.
The cleaning kit comes with the Apple Garde leather cleaner and conditioner, plus a cleaning cloth. I tested the cleaner out on my old Dior wallet and it didn't work any wonders. Its not for use on naked or exotic leather and is probably best for spot-treatments. I would still recommend you seek professional help when it comes to the heavy-duty jobs. I used the conditioner on my python shoes and purse. I've read that its recommended to condition your exotics before and after each use. I probably wont have the time or patience to adhere to that rule every time but I definitely recommend all exotics owners to get conditioner. I used the cleaning cloth and carefully wiped over each scale. Time-consuming but the end result? My python scales turned buttery soft and it even took the curling out of most of the curled scales!! If you haven't used your exotics in awhile, its still a good idea to condition just as a form of maintenance.
The Rain and Stain Repellent is recommended for ALL leather, suede, and exotics. You should technically spray everything before use but again, I'm a bit lazy so I only treated my suede shoes. I was also a bit hesitant to use this on my exotics since I didn't want to risk drying the scales out. I recommend leaving the treated products by a window or screen door since the smell is pretty strong. For the first treatment, you're suppose to repeat after 30 mins; after use, treat periodically.
Since I only started using these products this weekend, I can't really say how well they work (cept the conditioner) but I'll keep you updated :)