How to clean a leather jacket at home? Cleaning any leather product like leather gloves, car leather seats or even a leather jacket can be a challenging task. Today we are going to help you learn everything (tips and tricks!) about cleaning leather jackets.
Whether you want to clean your jacket, just make it shine, or even give it a new life, this article will help you.
Let’s get started!
Before we get started, the first thing you have to do is check the label of your leather jacket to see what material it’s made of. Is it really leather or some other material?
Is your leather jacket dirty?
We all have a favorite leather jacket, but it is extremely hard to maintain. The stains and dirt on them may leave us with no choice but to throw them away or take them to get cleaned professionally. However, there are some very quick ways you can give your dirty leather jacket a fresh look without taking it for professional cleaning.
Below are some steps that will help you clean your dirty leather jackets at home.
Brush off loose dirt.
The first step to cleaning your leather jacket is brushing off any loose dirt or debris with a brush. Leather is typically sensitive and can tear easily, so take care not to brush it aggressively.
Use saddle soap.
Cleaning your leather with saddle soap is a straightforward process. Saddle soap will remove dirt, polish your leather, and add a protective layer of waterproofing. It’s a go-to for many owners of fine leather products. Find saddle soap online or at a local tack shop.
Once you have it, follow this process.
Cleaning a Leather Jacket
- Mix lukewarm water mixed with a bit of saddle soap.
- Dip a washcloth in the solution and carefully wipe the surface of the jacket in circular motions.
- Take a towel, dip it in clean water, and wipe the cleaning solution off.
- Dry the leather jacket with a dry towel.
Saddle soap is made from oils, so it will work much better than any cleaner or soap you’ll find in a normal grocery store. Saddle soap is also made specifically for cleaning, so there’s less room for error when using it. To prevent your leather jacket from cracking, be sure not to use saddle soap on its own. It can be too dry without a bit of water mixed in.
Clean the buckles, zippers, and patches with warm water only
Some jackets have metal buckles, metal zippers, or patches on them. The safest method of cleaning these areas is to use a clean cloth that’s been dampened with warm water. Be sure not to get any moisture on any other part of your jacket, though let your hand rest on top of it if you’re having trouble keeping water out.
Let it dry in sunlight
After cleaning it, place it outside in the sunlight and let it dry. The UV rays will kill off any bacteria lingering on its surface, keeping it fresh and safe for years (or decades) to come. Just make sure you place it in a spot that receives plenty of sunlight.
Leather is a natural material that, with proper care, can last for years.
Check this jacket-cleaning video out.
Put some baking soda, cornstarch, or talcum powder in a bowl. Take some water and make a paste of it by adding some water to it. Now apply that paste to your leather jacket. Make sure you apply an ample amount of paste to your entire jacket. Allow it to dry for a few hours and then use a damp cloth to wipe off all the paste from your jacket.
Be sure that you wipe off all the paste properly. You can also use some water mixed with a mild detergent solution to wipe it off. But make sure that you do not wet your leather so much that it might shrink.
But Remember When it comes to cleaning a leather jacket, it is recommended to use cleaning products specially created for leather cleaning. Home remedies can sometimes be harsh on delicate types of leather and make things even worse.