How To Clean Black Leather Jacket
Black leather jackets are the easiest to clean as far as color goes. Other colors of leather risk fading out when you try to clean them. Leather is a delicate material that you can clean yourself with a few supplies.
What you need to clean a black leather jacket:
- Leather cleaning kit
- A few clean white rags
- Mild soap
- Leather conditioner
- Get a leather cleaning kit. For a small price you can purchase a leather cleaning kit at any store that sells leather. Don't just try to clean your black leather jacket with just anything. Make sure you use the correct products.
- Hang your leather jacket in an open area. Over a doorway is always good. You will have plenty of room to maneuver around the jacket without bumping into anything.
- Choose a mild soap. Make sure that you choose a mild soap that is perfume free. The alcohol in perfume can cause discoloration to a black leather jacket. Harsh detergents will strip away too many of the natural oils in the leather, causing it to dry out and crack. Baby soap is a good suggestion.
- Make your soap solution. Mix about a teaspoon of soap to every quart of cold water. Filling up a small bucket or bowl is all you will need. A bucket or bowl is convenient to have at your side when you are cleaning your leather jacket. A sink may not be very easy to reach if you are in the doorway.
- Prepare three rags. Wet one of your rags in the soapy water and ring it out thoroughly. The rag should only be slightly damp. Too much water can ruin your black leather jacket. Wet the second rag in clean water and ring it out just as well. Keep the third rag dry.
- Clean the jacket one section at a time. You will be using all three rags at once while you move from section to section. Start with your soapy rag and wipe a section of the jacket clean. Take your clean wet rag and wipe the soap off. Take your dry rag and wipe all moisture from that area.
- Move to the next section of your jacket. You will follow step six until all areas have been cleaned. Each section of the leather jacket must be done quickly to avoid any moisture or soap being absorbed into the leather. This keeps you nice and safe from ruining or discoloring your black leather jacket.
- Condition the leather. The last step is the most important one. Now that your black leather jacket is clean, you have to replace the oils that were washed away. Go to a leather store and purchase some leather conditioner for a low price. Read and follow all directions carefully and you are done!
- Take your black leather jacket to a professional. If you have doubts about cleaning your leather jacket yourself, go to a professional. A professional cleaner will be able to properly and safely clean your black leather jacket, although there is a price tag involved.