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How to Care for a Leather Jacket

If you have a leather jacket you love and want it to live as long as you then you have to care for it a little, this is how:


When you buy your jacket, find out the type of leather it is. The type of animal it came from is not important, but you need to know if it is pigmented, semi-aniline or aniline leather. This will affect how you care for it and more importantly how well you need to look after it in the first place.
  • Leather jackets, contrary to popular belief, are quite robust and hard wearing. The pigmented and semi-aniline types are more so yet the aniline type is the softest, most natural and expensive.

Before wearing your leather jacket, treat it with a suede and leather guard, like a scotch guard for leather furniture. This is usually a spray on application and will help prevent the ingress of water, stains or grime.

When you take your jacket off, hang it on a well shaped hanger as often as possible. You know from leather footwear that leather will stretch so try to avoid hanging on clothes pegs where the stress on the leather is very localised.

If you get your leather jacket wet, don't worry but try not to allow it to become saturated. When it does get wet, hang it on a well shaped hanger and allow it to dry at room temperature and away from any direct heat sources such as radiators or airing cupboards.

If rain spots appear, you should be able to remove them with a dry cloth. If your jacket is semi-aniline or pigmented, you can use a damp cloth or some leather conditioner.

If your jacket is semi-aniline or pigmented, the most important thing to do with your leather jacket is feed it. For this, you need a good quality leather cleaner and conditioner.