How To Wash Leather Jacket
Need to know how to wash a leather jacket? When it comes to washing a leather jacket, you need to take some precautions. Leather is unlike other materials and fabrics. You can't just stick it in the washing machine, dry it an go. There are a couple of ways leather jackets can be cleaned, though.
To wash a leather jacket, you will need:
- Very mild soap
- A few clean, white rags
- A leather-cleaning kit
- Leather conditioner
- Take your leather jacket to a professional cleaner. This is the safest way to clean a leather jacket. It is a guarantee that the leather will be properly cleaned without suffering water marks, discoloration or shrinkage. A professional cleaner will take all of the responsibility off you.
- Purchase a leather-cleaning kit. Anywhere they sell leather jackets they will also sell leather-cleaning kits. It will not cost you very much. Read and follow all directions carefully.
- Get some very mild soap. The best suggestion would probably be baby soap free of perfume. Harsh soaps will strip the natural moisturizers from your leather jacket and possibly remove some of the color. Perfume contains alcohol, which will definitely harm the precious material.
- Dilute some soap in a sink or bowl with cold water. You will only need about a teaspoon full of soap to every one quart of water. The smallest amount of soap is the safest amount for your leather jacket. Again, you don't want to strip the fabric and cause any discoloration.
- Wet two clean rags and keep one dry one handy. Dip one of your rags in the soapy water. Ring it out well. The rag should be just barely damp. Too much water will possibly cause damage to the leather jacket. Wet the other rag in clean water and ring it out just as well. Keep the dry rag water free and handy.
- Hang your leather jacket up in a doorway. Using your damp, soapy rag, wipe one section of your jacket at a time. Follow up by wiping each section with the clean, damp rag to remove all soap. Then, wipe each section with the dry rag to remove all moisture from the area. Keep following this procedure until the entire leather jacket has been washed, one section at a time.
- Condition your leather jacket. Washing a leather jacket will remove some of the natural oils in the leather that keep it soft and prevent cracking. In order to keep your leather beautiful, the final step is conditioning it. You can purchase leather conditioner at any store where leather jackets are sold for a very low price. Go get some. This final step in washing your leather jacket is the most important one.