How To Properly Care For Your Leather Jackets
A real and high-quality leather jacket is usually an investment, but it can last a very long time if taken care of properly. Leather is a “hide” and must undergo cleaning and conditioning every 2-3 years to prevent drying and cracking. Garments with skin oil, lotion, makeup, fragrance, or food on them can lead to permanent staining. Luxury pieces like leather and suede are an investment. Routine and professional cleaning means these items will continue to look great on you for a long period of time. It’s time to learn about the best and most effective ways to get your leather garments nice and neat!
Yes, there are lots of different opinions based on the best treatment for leather jackets, but we are here to tell you the best and most efficient way. With the proper care and maintenance for your leather garments, you will avoid damage and prolong the life of your leather jacket by learning the right way to clean, treat, and store them.
Don't Make These Mistakes When Cleaning Leather
Firstly, you must never use a household cleaners or soap, even when treating a spot stain.
Leather is very porous and will absorb liquids, causing a stain to develop. High PH of soap and other cleaning agents can damage the leather’s structure Leather material must undergo cleaning every 2 to 3 years in order to prevent drying and potential staining.
You must always take caution when working with “Leather Treatment” products. Be advised that there are different kinds of leather, and they are used for different purposes and reasons. For example, if you have a leather garment that has a higher PH and contains a lot of oil, if you attempt to shine your dirty jacket with this solution, its high-oil content will coat the leather pores, resulting in trapping the dirt. Since high-oil cleaners are slightly alkaline, you also are posed to the risk of long-term damage to the surface.
In addition, it is important to know the difference between leather cleaner and leather conditioner. Leather cleaner is a specially designed product that is designed to remove unwanted materials such as oils, dirt, stains, crumbs, and grease from leather garments or products in a very gentle and mild way without having any effect on the leather. Leather conditioner on the other hand, adds or replaces oils to the leather itself. However, you should not apply a conditioning treatment to dirty leather or use a conditioning agent to clean leather. Conditioning agents are higher in oil. You must always use a dedicated leather cleaner first, then focus on conditioning.
Here at Avon, we clean all leather clothing & coats from smooth leather to grain leather, to suede items. However, you must always be aware of the timing of your cleaning. If you get dirt, mud, grease, or oil on your leather jacket, remove it immediately. If you wait, the dirt or grease will settle into the pores, which will not only damages the leather garment, but will also make the cleaning process more difficult and time consuming.
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Do This If Your Leather Jacket Gets Muddy Or Wet
If you ever end up in the rain while wearing your leather jacket, do not panic, but do start the drying process for your garment immediately. In order to obtain the best possible outcome, follow these steps:
Use a clean towel to dab as much water off the jacket as you can. Be very gently when doing so, otherwise you may end up pressing the water deeper into the leather. Never attempt to use a hair dryer because this will shrink and damage the leather.
- If your leather jacket ends up being soaking wet, place it on a towel on a flat surface. Then, stuff the interior of the jacket with absorbent materials like a paper bag or a newspaper. This will allow the leather to dry from both the inside and outside, decreasing the chance of it being ruined.
- Hang up your leather jacket in a cool or dry room that has good air circulation. Hang up the garment far away from a window in order to prevent UV damage.
Once the leather has dried, it’s time to clean and condition it it as stated above. When leather gets wet, the drying process removes the oils that protect its surface. This process causes damage and can lead to thin spots or cracks. This is why you must condition the leather as soon as possible. Make sure the leather is completely dry.
If your leather jacket is not only wet but very dirty, it may be best to take it to a dry cleaner. We can help provide you with the best methods to clean your leather jacket and allow it to look brand new!
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