May 11, 2022

If you own a firearm, you’re likely aware of the maintenance required for upkeep. This involves wiping the gun down, disassembling it, cleaning it, and applying lubricant. One part of the firearm that owners can often forget about is their holster. Holsters and belts also need maintenance, even a modern nylon concealed carry holster. Here’s everything you need to know about holster maintenance: tips for cleaning your ccw holster.

Leather Holster

If you own a custom-grade leather holster, you must take proper care of it. Leather doesn’t last forever, but good care can help it last longer. A leather holster needs a break-in period but must stay tight for retention on the firearm. If there’s wear and tear, the draw could be compromised. If exposed to oil and perspiration, leather holsters can deteriorate. Try to prevent oil from your gun from transferring to the holster.

Additionally, you should apply a specific leather holster oil treatment to the holster twice a year to prevent it from drying and cracking. Make sure that you wipe down the holster regularly with a slightly damp washcloth. It will help prevent dirt and grime build-up.


Occasionally, check your gun holster’s nuts and bolts as these fittings can loosen up over time. Ensure that you tighten the screw(s) appropriately to ensure proper fit and security for your firearm. Kydex holsters can have many screws with foot or wing attachments, and grit and foreign materials can get trapped inside the holster if the screws aren’t secure. The grit can potentially cause your pistol to get scratched. The easiest way to prevent this, after tightening the screws, is to wash out the holster with hot water. Use a toothbrush to scrub the inside lightly.

Additional Care

Some holsters combine Kydex and leather. If this is the case, you can still use the tips shared above. For example, wipe down the leather and double-check how much oil it has on it, then remove the grit from the Kydex portion to ensure the firearm doesn’t get scratched. Doing both can help prevent problems with holsters down the line. Consider purchasing large cotton swabs to use in the crevices. Use these tips for holster maintenance and cleaning your CCW holster. Have confidence in your holster care routine.

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