How to Wash Collar Stains on a Leather Jacket

by Jaimie Zinski

A leather jacket is a durable, fashionable way to protect yourself on a motorcycle ride or scurrying between stores on a blustery day. However, makeup, lotions, perfumes and your body's natural oils will create noticeable stains on the leather coat's collar. If cleaned incorrectly, the annoying stains can turn into permanent eyesores. Instead, keep your leather jacket fashionable for many years to come by eliminating the stains from your leather jacket's collar using the correct products.

Lay the leather coat on a flat surface with the collar easily accessible. Create a mixture of 1-teaspoon mild laundry soap and 1-gallon cool water in a plastic bucket. Stir the water to incorporate the soap. A mild soap contains no dyes or perfumes.

Dampen a white washcloth with the soapy water. Dab -- never rub -- at the discolorations with the dampened washcloth until the stains are eliminated.

Allow the collar to dry for eight hours or overnight in a cool spot away from direct sunlight. Dampen the corner of a white washcloth with cream leather conditioner.

Work the conditioner into both sides of the leather collar using small, overlapping circles. Allow the leather conditioner to absorb into the collar for three to five minutes. Wipe down the collar with a lint-free cloth to remove any excess conditioner.

Hang the leather coat from a sturdy, wooden hanger and store in a cool, dry place.

Items you will need

  • Mild laundry soap
  • Plastic bucket
  • White washcloths
  • Cream leather conditioner
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Wooden hanger


  • Wipe down the leather collar after wearing the coat to remove any oils, perfume or makeup.

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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