How to care for a leather jacket

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You had been looking at the jacket in the showcase for some time. It seemed beautiful to you, but the investment was high. Now, finally, you already have the dream leather jacket. Perhaps it is a perfect, or perhaps an aviator, it is possible that you have chosen it very feminine. In any case, you spent a considerable amount of money on your beautiful jacket.

How to care for a leather jacket

Now, of course, you want to make your investment profitable. You know that you are going to use it with many things and for a long time, but above all, you want it to be maintained in the best possible way, and that the passage of time is only noticeable in that delicious softness that well-worn leather acquires.

read the instructions


Yes, that label inside your jacket, the one you’ve never noticed. That same label that we never read and, on the contrary, we should always read.  On all items of clothing there is a label with washing and care instructions. Even bags and shoes can have them.

The instructions detail the specific care for the jacket you just bought.  Remember that each leather is different, and can have different dyes, finishes and preparations, it is even possible that the lining is made of different materials, so the instructions are not usually the same.

Read the instructions and act accordingly.

Use specific products

Moisture is the great enemy of leather; therefore, it is always important to apply specific products that make it waterproof and prevent stains. These products are usually a spray. There you should also read the instructions, both for the jacket and for the product. Remember that a dark leather jacket is not the same as a light one, nor is it the same if the material is suede.

Choose the right product for each material and carefully follow the instructions. First of all, do a test on an internal part and wait 24 hours. This will let you know if the product will not damage your jacket.

apply conditioner

With daily use, even the best-cared for jackets dry out. For this, it is advisable to use a specific conditioner for leather.  There are people who consider that the normal body cream that we use is also valid for leather, in the long run ours is skin and leather is other skin. It is not like this. Those creams have perfumes and ingredients for human skin. Leather needs odorless products without certain chemicals. Find the product that best goes with the leather of your jacket and eliminates cracks and dryness.

Take care of the humidity

Leather jackets are often worn in the fall and winter, precisely the months when there is a chance of rain on the way home or to work. Maybe your jacket gets wet and that can be fatal for the leather. If your prized leather jacket got wet, hang it on a wooden hanger in the open. Do not ever put it in the dryer, do not iron it or try to dry it with a hair dryer. Water plus hot air can destroy the delicate leather of your jacket. In this case you only need natural air and patience.  Let it dry properly before using it.

hang it up nice

When you get home, what you usually do is throw your precious jacket on a chair, which is not good for leather. Another option is to hang it from a hook, which will end up deforming because it doesn’t hang symmetrically. Use a good wooden hanger, which supports the shoulders of the jacket well so that it does not fall more on one side than the other.  Wipe it down with a clean, dry cotton cloth to remove any surface dirt. Air it out for a while before putting it away in the closet.

remove the stains

If, despite your care, your jacket got stained and you think it’s something you can easily fix, you can try it just in case. There are many special products for cleaning leather.  Check the product specifications well and if it can be used specifically on the leather of your jacket. In this case, we also recommend that you test first on an inconspicuous part and wait 24 hours, this will let you know if the product can damage your jacket.

Send her in for a professional wash

If the season is over and you won’t be wearing it for a while, send it to the dry cleaner first for a professional wash.  The same is true if you have a stain that you know cannot be treated at home. Once you have it at home, if you plan to keep it for a few months, it is better that you put it on wooden hangers and cover it with a cotton cover during the months that it will be stored. Do not leave it with the metal hangers from the dry cleaner, nor with the plastic lining of this one.

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