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How to Clean a Chamois Leather Jacket at Home

by Jaimie Zinski

Chamois, a soft, suede-like leather, comes from the hide of sheep, lambs and goats. Commonly used as a non-abrasive cleaning cloth, this absorbent type of leather is also used to make gloves, handbags and coats. Clean and store your chamois leather jacket properly to prevent water damage, which easily turns into permanent stains. Use liquids sparingly when cleaning your chamois coat, and protect it from water stains with a product formulated for chamois or suede.

Dab at the chamois coat with a clean white cotton washcloth to absorb any surface liquid. Use a gentle hand and avoid vigorous rubbing to prevent working the water or liquid into the porous material. Allow the coat to dry for at least 24 hours before attempting to clean it.

Remove any dirt or mud by gently rubbing the affected area with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use gentle, back-and-forth motions and continue until the mud or dirt disappears.

Remove water stains by working a suede eraser or brush gently back and forth over the affected area.

Restore the chamois coat's nap by gently rubbing the newly cleaned areas with a clean white cotton washcloth. Use gentle back-and-forth motions to restore the coat's appearance.

Apply a spray or cream leather protector formulated for use on chamois. Follow the package directions; in general, apply a light coating and allow the jacket to air dry completely before you store it.

Store your chamois leather coat in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Slip the coat into a cotton, not plastic, garment bag to store it for an extended period of time. Cotton allows the leather to breathe, preventing mold and mildew formation.

Items you will need
  • White cotton washcloths
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Suede eraser or brush
  • Spray or cream leather protector
  • Cotton garment bag, optional

Tips

  • Purchase suede erasers or brushes through the coat's manufacturer or a department store.
  • Chamois oil is available and can be used as a conditioner and protectant, although it can darken your coat.