Leather jackets are timeless wardrobe staples that will always be in style. Having invested in the perfect leather jacket it’s important to maintain it to get the most from your piece. Yes, leather can look better with age, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be taking the best possible care of your jacket, extending its’ lifespan within your wardrobe. We’ve compiled some great tips you can easily use to ensure your leather jacket remains in the best condition. But please do take caution following any of these tips, and always consult the products you’re using.
MAKE YOUR LEATHER WATER RESISTANT
There’s nothing worse than wearing your favourite new jacket, it starts to rain (let’s face it in the UK you never know when this could happen) and you’re leather jacket gets marked. Luckily there are a variety of leather protectors you can buy anywhere from Amazon to your local key cutters. We wouldn’t recommend grease- or wax- based options as they can have potential effects on the colour, longevity, shine and smell of your jacket. Typically, the product needs to be re-applied once every several weeks or months. Please check your specific product before use.
If you’ve had your jacket for a really long time you may notice it becoming dry and cracked. If this starts happening, you’ll want to apply a leather conditioner. It’s not recommended to use one too often as it can clog the leather’s pores and effect the colour but when used correctly it really can give you’re jacket a new lease of life. It’s best to do your research and make sure your conditioner is suitable for the type of leather you have.
LET WET LEATHER AIR DRY
Has your leather jacket gotten wet? Whether it’s from rain or a wash, make sure to hang it evenly on a hanger at room temperature. Keep your jacket away from direct heat sources like radiators and remove any objects from the pockets to ensure the leather doesn’t become stretched.
WHEN CLEANING ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL
It may seem silly to say, but you really can’t beat the advice of the label. Cleaning conditions will differ depending on the material used to make your jacket. The manufacturers will know this, so if you’re planning on washing your jacket always follow the instructions on the label, they’ll often suggest dry cleaning. But if you opt to use your washing machine, make sure to throw in your jacket zipped up and inside out. If possible also add in some other items to soak up some of the excess water to prevent the leather from soaking up too much and chose a cold wash at a delicate cycle. This way your leather jacket will come out looking brand new.
KEEP IT CLEAN!
Sometimes you might simply spill something small on your jacket and doing a full washing-machine job just isn’t necessary. If this is the case, there are a variety of ways to clean your jacket. A simple warm water and soap solution is usually the best option but always test this on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t stain your leather. It’s also thought that using talcum powder is great to absorb grease stains whilst ink stains are removed best by rubbing them gently with an artist’s eraser.