A leather jacket never goes out of trend. It is a wardrobe staple that can stay will for forever if you will treat it the right way. Unlike other clothes, you cannot wash & rinse your leather jacket. Because, excessive water can make it shrink, warp or crack. So, it is important to clean leather jackets properly. And, if you have no clue about cleaning methods, stick to this article. We have shared everything you should know to clean leather jackets properly and keep damage away.
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Before sharing how to clean leather jackets, we will first see the different types of leather used to make jackets.
You will find leather in different grades and finishes which makes a difference in the way they are cleaned. You can identify different types of leather by looking at their grains.
What are leather grains?
Leather grain is the way the hide looks. It has a texture similar to wood grain, but it isn’t really wood. One big difference between leather and wood is that you can’t cut leather. With leather, there are lots of misconceptions, like the fact that brands just slap on a fake grain.
You cannot use the cleaning methods explained later in this blog on suede jackets. As stated above, suede has split grains that give it a distinct texture from other types of leather. Hence, you will have to use different ways, for knowing them you can refer to our guide to clean suede jackets.
There are two ways to clean leather jackets of all other types:
Before moving to these methods, you should remove stains first. Let’s see how you can do that:
It’s best to deal with spills immediately, when possible, especially if it’s a liquid like red wine or coffee that might leave permanent stains. To test whether it’s safe to spot-clean a certain type of leather with water, find an inconspicuous spot on the jacket to rub in a few drops. If the water beads on the leather, it should be able to withstand being wiped down with a wet towel. If the water absorbs into the leather, have it dry-cleaned to be on the safe side.
Mould and mildew can both appear on the leather which is stored in damp or humid conditions. Mould tends to be green or black and slimy in appearance, whereas mildew is white, grey or yellow and is fluffy and powdery. Use a damp cloth soaked in a strong solution of rubbing alcohol to remove the mould and then allow the jacket to dry naturally.
Use your finger to apply non-gel toothpaste to the stain. Rub gently with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Do not scrub or you could scratch or discolour the leather. Wipe toothpaste off with a clean, damp cloth.
Get rid of ink stains and scuffs by blotting the area with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Don’t rub the spot or you could make the ink spread. Blot gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.
Remove oil or grease stains by sprinkling baking soda or cornstarch on the spot. Rub gently with a damp cloth. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth and dry with a soft towel.
Now, let’s see how to clean the whole jacket.
Run a few ounces of warm water into a large, open container. Add about two teaspoons of liquid dish detergent and stir until the soap is completely dissolved. The goal is to produce a very gentle solution you can use to wipe down your jacket without damaging it. Too much detergent can cause leather to deteriorate and strip it of dyes, resulting in a blotchy, discolored appearance.
Submerge the towel or sponge in the soapy solution. Wring out the excess liquid. The towel or sponge shouldn’t be sopping wet, just damp. If it’s too wet, the water can soak into and saturate the leather, potentially causing even more damage. Use a soft cloth. Rough fabrics may leave scratches on soft leather if you’re not careful. A microfiber cloth is ideal.
Run the damp towel or sponge in long, smooth motions rather than forcefully scrubbing. Pay particular attention to water spots, discoloured patches and places where dirt or oil has built up on the leather. Clean the entire jacket, re-wetting the towel when needed
Wipe the jacket again, this time using clean water to clear away any soap residue. Make sure there’s no standing water remaining on the jacket. With a dry towel, pat the leather until it is completely dry. Hang the jacket up in a closet and allow it to finish drying. Direct heat can be very bad for leather, especially if it has just been moisturized, so don’t dry the jacket in a machine or use a blow dryer.
These contain ingredients that scrub away dirt and stains, and oils that help soften the leather and keep it healthy. You can typically find leather cleaners at superstores, along with any place that specializes in leather. A bottle of leather cleaning solution only costs a few dollars and is likely to last for years.
Squirt a dime-sized glob of leather cleaning solution onto the dirty part of the jacket. Some leather cleaners are gels, sprays, or bars. If you’re using any of these other kinds, always start with a minimal amount of cleaner and apply more as needed.
Take a soft, clean towel and massage the leather cleaner into the surface of the jacket. Use slow circular strokes, rubbing outward in a spiral. As you work the cleaner in, it will collect dirt and remove water spots that have set into the leather. Rub until the cleaner has been absorbed entirely.
Use a separate towel to wipe off any leather cleaner remaining on the jacket. The jacket should have a clean, rich sheen to it when you’re finished. Afterwards, your jacket will look like new and the leather will be moisturized and protected, keeping it in good shape for months. Since it’s designed to be soaked into dry, chapped leather, there’s no need to rinse away leather cleaner once it’s been applied. Leather cleaners are formulated to get the job done with minimal effort, but you may have to apply the cleaner several times if the jacket is very dingy.
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