How to Iron Leather

by Stephanie Mitchell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Iron leather on a cool setting.

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Leather is a stylistically versatile material, capable of lending an outfit class, edge or a traditional country flair. Assuming wrinkles and texturing aren't part of the garment's design, leather looks best when it is smooth and wrinkle-free. Before ironing a leather item, try hanging it up and letting the wrinkles erase themselves. If some creases remain, you can safely iron leather, if you do it properly. Whatever the fashion function leather serves in your wardrobe, take good care of it and it will last for many years.

Items you will need

  • Iron
  • Cotton fabric or heavy brown paper
Step 1

Set the iron to "rayon" or, if it does not have a specific rayon temperature, on the coolest setting.

Step 2

Cover the wrinkled section of the garment with a cotton cloth or heavy brown paper.

Step 3

Iron the garment gently, always moving the iron over the paper or cloth. Do not let the iron rest in one place, because overheating the leather will damage it.

Warnings

  • Never use steam when ironing leather items.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Stephanie Mitchell is a professional writer who has authored websites and articles for real estate agents, self-help coaches and casting directors. Mitchell also regularly edits websites, business correspondence, resumes and full-length manuscripts. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.