LEATHER CARE GUIDE
Despite a macho look, a leather jacket requires care. If you own one you would be aware of the fact that they are valuable and obviously to keep your favorite apparel last longer, it needs a proper maintenance. This detailed list will definitely help you in taking care of your jacket.
CHECK THE LABELS
The first and foremost step is to consider the type of leather you are dealing with. The best way is to check the labels and read the manufacturer’s directions. Since there are many sorts of leather available such as sheepskin, cowhide, buckskin etc. Each type would require different treatment so, the makers can provide the best technique to care for a particular type.
BEFORE FIRST USE
Considering the advice that prevention is better than cure, it is a good idea to use a leather protector. You won’t regret investing in a good leather sealants spray, as it repels water and resist marks, while still allowing the fabric to breath. Although these products won’t make it completely water proof but will protect it from damage caused by water, dirt, or grease.
GENERAL CLEANING OF A LEATHER JACKET
A simple care starts with gently wiping down the jacket to remove visible dirt. This should be done with a damp but wrung out cloth. Doing this will remove most marks and dirt from your coat.
If this process doesn’t help in removing a stain or a mark the second step would be to buy a commercial leather cleaning product. It is wise to make sure your cleaning product are a match with your leather and for this purpose spot test it on a hidden area.
Hopefully you would be able to get rid of any marks but if the problem still persists never go for washing or rubbing the jacket. It will completely ruin leather and the loss will be permanent. Instead of trying something harsh or doing an experiment it’s time to bite the bullet and leave it to a professional.
One of the main sign of damaged leather is the cracking. The main cause of this is usually dehydration. To overcome this issue, it is recommended to use leather conditioning.
Leather conditioners are products that are designed to moisturize your leather goods and help keep the fibers pliable. This again must be bought according to the type of leather you are dealing with. When applied, it will be easily absorbed so that the fibers can be nourished and their natural flexibility is restored. The excess can be wiped away with a soft cloth .But remember to clean your product before conditioning, as you don’t want dirt to land in your product .It not only protects your favorite wearables but also makes them smooth, shiny and good as new. This process should be repeated after several weeks or months depending on the use.
Exposure to small amount of moisture shouldn’t cause any major issues but wearing a leather jacket in rain or soaking it in water even after applying leather protection, is definitely not a good idea. What happens, when soaked in water is that the oils get stripped from the leather and causes it to become stiff or cracked.
Obviously it‘s not always possible to avoid rain or moisture so if your jacket gets wet, you need to allow the leather to dry naturally, room temperature is fine, but resist the urge to point the heater, or your hairdryer at it. Whilst the leather is slightly damp apply your first coat of leather conditioner. Spread over a reasonably thick coat of a good quality conditioner and leave it to dry and soak in. You will find after a while that the leather dressing is almost completely soaked in, if it seems somewhat dry in places, apply a bit more as you buff the entire surface. Make sure you leave it to dry longer that you think necessary.
DIYS (Do it yourself)
Hundreds of DIYs are available on internet recommending usage of non-acetone nail polish, toothpaste or hairspray and claim of removing tough stains from leather. However, it is still a better idea to use a commercial leather cleaner or let the professionals handle the job because if they screw it up, at least you will have legal recourse against them. All you can do after trying and failing using a DIY is, to write an angry comment which won’t benefit you in any way.
STORE IT LOVINGLY
Tossing your jacket on floor or a sofa will decrease its lifespan. It’s best to use a wooden or padded wide hanger to support the shoulders of your jacket so it doesn’t droop and keeps its shape. They would also be able to handle the weight of the jacket.
Storing your leather jacket in a plastic bag might seem easy but is definitely not a good idea. Plastic won’t allow the breathing space which all leather products need. White cotton or nylon garment bags are fine for the storage of leather jackets. Likewise avoid folding as it’s hard to remove wrinkles from leather.
These were the basic tips to maintain the look and value of your jacket. Now you are familiar with the art of taking care of leather, all you need is to order one and rock in your favorite apparel.