Knowing how to condition leather jackets properly is the key to maintaining them long-term. Fortunately, it is not difficult to condition leather jackets and keep them in tip-top shape for the long haul. Best of all, you do not need to be a professional or invest in any special equipment to condition leather jackets on your own.
To condition leather jackets, you will need:
- Leather conditioner or linseed oil and white vinegar
- Leather cleaner
- A hanger
- A few soft cloths
- Clean your leather jacket with a leather cleaner. Hang your leather jacket to dry in a well-ventilated area and make sure it is completely dry before proceeding with the conditioning process.
- Put some leather conditioner on a soft cloth. Rub your jacket with the soft cloth and leather conditioner in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire leather jacket.
- Allow the jacket to sit with the leather conditioner on it for about ten minutes. Then, take a clean, soft cloth and wipe away the excess leather conditioner that has not been absorbed by the jacket.
If you cannot find a commercial leather conditioner, you can make your own using white vinegar and linseed oil. Mix a half a cup of white vinegar and one cup of linseed oil together and apply to your coat in a circular motion. Leave the mixture to sit for about eight hours, then rub away any excess with a soft cloth. Do not use leather conditioner or homemade leather conditioner on suede.