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Wear leathers save a lot of wear and tear on straps. They ride between the strap and the hardware. The kind with the loop is particularly nice. If you spring for the chafes that go behind buckles, that can add a lot to the lifespan of your harness as well.
I imagine that different climates age leather differently. Here, I don’t really worry about oiling or cleaning my harness much. The rain usually does the cleaning for me. Maybe once a year I’ll clean it up and use a cheap natural bristle paintbrush (“chip brush”) to apply oil where it looks dry.