How to Care for a Leather Jacket

by Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor

How to Care for a Leather Jacket. Leather jackets are stylish and often expensive. Keep your leather jacket looking its best for years to come by taking proper care of it from the moment you bring it home. Apply a quality protective spray to prevent damage from the elements. Follow the manufacturer's care instructions and enjoy your jacket year-round no matter what weather Mother Nature brings. Read on to learn how to care for a leather jacket.

Items you will need

  • Water and stain protector
  • Wide, padded hangers
  • Leather conditioner
  • Breathable garment bags
  • Cleaning sponge
Step 1

Read the manufacturer's instructions about how to care for your leather jacket. Look for the care label located inside your garment. Follow the care instructions.

Step 2

Apply a water and stain protector to your leather jacket to prevent water spots or stains. Prevent damage to your jacket by protecting it with an odorless, colorless aerosol protective spray before you wear it.

Step 3

Hang your jacket on wide, padded hangers so the leather maintains its shape. This also forces any wrinkles to drop naturally from your garment. Store the leather jacket in a breathable garment bag and avoid allowing it to stay in a plastic dry cleaning or storage bag.

Step 4

Allow your leather jacket to naturally air dry if it becomes wet. Avoid blow dryers, heat vents or other heat sources during the drying process.

Step 5

Condition your leather jacket if it becomes dry or cracked. Check with your jacket's manufacturer for the best product to use on your jacket.

Step 6

Remove salt deposits and other stains from your leather jacket as soon as possible. Wipe the leather with a damp sponge and allow the jacket to air dry.

Step 7

Send your leather jacket to a professional leather cleaning specialist once a year. Remove the plastic cleaning bags before you store your jacket for extended periods of time.

Tips

  • Excessive humidity damages leather jackets. Care for your jacket properly and keep it away from high humidity.

Warnings

  • Do not use household cleaners on your leather jacket. Use only products specifically made to care for leather garments.