How to Care for a Leather Jacket: Cleaning and Softening
Leather jackets are not just for bikers: Nowadays everyone from teenagers to adults is sporting the leather look. Unlike most fashion trends, this one is here to stay. If you've bought in, it's important to know how to care for your leather jacket and keep it clean and soft.
Leather jacket care
Jackets made from real leather do not come cheap. If you own a leather jacket and intend on keeping it for a long period of time, it is essential that you regularly clean and condition your leather jacket. Leather will remain in mint condition even after years of use if you stick to the proper maintenance techniques.
How to clean a leather jacket
Before you apply anything to your leather, it's important to follow manufacturer care instructions. We recommend spot testing all products in a discreet area, such as an inside seam or inside the color of your jacket.
Once you're ready to clean, gently wipe down the leather with leather cleaner, concentrating on the stained or soiled areas. Avoid rubbing; instead, use a light touch to ensure you won't harm the leather. Our Leather Honey Leather Cleaner is gentle and effective, so you shouldn't have to work hard or scrub the leather to remove stains. You can concentrate on heavily soiled or stained areas, however, to remove tough grime.
How to condition a leather jacket
This step may be most important to caring for your leather jacket, as conditioning will make the leather last longer and keep it comfortable and flexible. Once the jacket has dried from cleaning, apply a thin layer of leather conditioner.
Leather Honey Leather Conditioner will keep your leather from drying, cracking or becoming discolored. It's safe for all leather but suede (but again, we recommend spot testing in your individual item).
To apply Leather Honey, simply squeeze a small amount of product onto a lint-free cloth and gently rub a thin, even layer into the leather. Allow the jacket to dry the same way you did after it was cleaned – naturally. Typically, this takes about two hours. If excess conditioner remains after 24 hours, feel free to buff it off with a dry, lint-free cloth. Generally speaking, you should only have to condition your leather once every six months.
You will see the difference almost immediately after this last step. The dirtied jacket will look brand new after this process. Conditioning can be done again and again to keep the jacket looking fresh after years of use.
Treat your leather jacket with care. Always hang it up when you are not wearing it and avoid bringing it outside when you know there will be excessive rain. If you notice mud or dirt on the jacket, clean it immediately so that it does not stain. Good leather jackets are meant to last, but only with proper care.
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