How to Clean a Leather Jacket

how-to-clean-a-leather-jacketLeather jackets are beautiful, high-quality apparel that are very good at keeping you warm. Bearing the cold of winter is much easier with a luxurious, comfortable leather jacket.

These jackets require proper cleaning and care to keep them in perfect shape. They don’t need to be cleaned very often; once a year is usually good enough. The process of cleaning a leather jacket is easy and requires a few items:

  • Container for water
  • Leather conditioner
  • A sponge or cloth
  • Leather cleaner

Cleaning Your Leather Jacket

Begin cleaning your leather jacket by wiping it down with a cloth. The cloth should be slightly damp to help clean off the dirt and grime. If your jacket is not very dirty, this may be all you need to do for this step. If you find that your leather jacket is quite dirty and that wiping it down does not erase all dirt, a more thorough wash is necessary.

To completely clean your jacket, fill a container with lukewarm water, and add a little bit of non-toxic liquid leather soap to it. Mix it well, and then use a soft cloth or sponge to gently clean all parts of the jacket. Be careful not to scrub it in order to refrain from damaging the leather.

After cleaning the jacket thoroughly, allow it to dry. Make sure it dries completely before applying leather conditioner.

Stain Removal

Stains can be erased by rubbing the stained area in a circular motion with a soapy cloth or sponge during the cleaning process. Stubborn stains can be erased by using leather cleaner directly on the stain. Dab the solution on the stain and then rub it on the jacket gently.

Over the course of the year, if your jacket gets a stain or a small patch of dirt on it, you can spot clean it with a damp rag or commercial stain cleaner. The sooner you catch a stain, the better your chances of removing it.

Conditioning Your Leather Jacket

After cleaning and allowing your leather jacket to dry, the next step is to use Leather Honey. This conditioner will revitalize the jacket, bringing back flexibility and suppleness to the leather. Coat the jacket with leather conditioner and gently rub it in. Refrain from using so much conditioner that the jacket becomes very sticky – thin, even layers are best.

Leather jackets are gorgeous garments — beautiful and functional. With proper care and cleaning, your leather jacket can stay in good shape and have a long life.

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