Keep Leather Clothing in Good Condition

  • Proper storage. Be careful about where you store your leather clothing. Leather should never be stored in extreme hot or cold temperatures, or in locations that are overly dry or humid. These extremes are harmful to the leather and likely will lead to some significant wear and tear.
  • Regular cleaning and conditioning. Cleaning your leather jacket takes only a few minutes, and really makes a big difference in its appearance. There are a variety of methods you can use for your cleaning, from professional cleaning to hand washing with a damp cloth or with warm, soapy water. Using a leather conditioner every six to nine months helps to replace the tanning oils on the clothing and prevent stiffness, dryness and cracking.
  • Regular stain removal. Leather pants and suits are just as susceptible to staining as other types of clothing. If you get any type of foreign material on your leather clothing, it should come out easily with soap and water.
  • Regular de-odorizing. Leather holds on to odors longer than many other types of materials, and the longer you own your leather clothing the more odors it is likely to pick up. There are a variety of ways that you can remove or mask this odor. Febreeze is a simple way to mask the odor by spraying the lining. Baking soda can also be used in several different ways to help to de-odorize the leather. Finally, vinegar and water mixtures or pure vinegar sponged on to the clothing also work to remove unwanted odors.
  • Careful use. Think of your leather clothing like skin – if you wouldn’t want something to come in contact with your own skin, you probably wouldn’t want it on your leather clothing, either. Leather is extremely durable, but it’s still important to be a little extra careful when wearing it to make sure that you can preserve it for years to come.