How to Care For a Leather Jacket
First things first, a leather jacket is not a biker’s costume anymore. It’s an everyday staple outfit that everyone from a teenager to adults carries with so much ease and grace. High-quality leather jackets are not cheap and we don’t discard them after a minor defect. We fix them and use them for many many years. But most importantly, if taken good care of, a leather jacket will keep you company for a long period of time. The most common question leather jacket owners ask is How to store a leather jacket? What’s an ideal way to keep a leather jacket as good as new?
Well, always remember! When it’s off season, never just fold or hang your jacket in the closet, always keep your jacket in a cover.
How To Clean A White Leather Jacket
One of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to cleaning a leather jacket is using any cleaner they can get their hands on. It makes the leather dry and cracks start to appear. Always use a leather cleaner to clean your jacket. That’s the most important thing to consider when it comes to preserving a white leather jacket for a long time. Using a sponge or a piece of jeans is quite popular when removing stains from leather but that is just disastrous. Make a small change in your cleaning habits and always clean your jacket using a dry cotton cloth.
How To Clean A Suede Jacket
Suede items might be the most difficult ones to clean but with few simple steps, your suede jacket can turn into a brand new neat and clean piece of garment. As compared to leather, suede is softer and more vulnerable, hence the cleaning process requires you to be more careful. Always use the products that are specifically made for this type of products otherwise the stain might get worse. Always use a soft cotton cloth, don’t press it too hard on the jacket, use a hair dryer after you’re done cleaning. Sun-drying might cause it to lose moisture.
How To Make Your Leather Jacket Softer
Cold weather and rain droplets can cause the leather to get hard. To prevent your leather apparel from getting too dry, use a leather conditioner once or twice a month and never use bleach to clean it. You should apply a layer of moisturizer to your jacket every once in a while.
How To Stretch A Leather Jacket
Leather Jackets are made from animal skin so it’s certain that regular use can make them stretch a little bit. You can try wearing it for an hour or two in the house. Spray little drops of water on your jacket before wearing it. Bend your arms, stretch your torso, do a few pushups or any upper physical movement. It will help get some wrinkles on the jacket and will stretch it out for you.
How To Remove Chewing Gum From A Leather Jacket
Removing gum from a piece of clothing can be a nasty business but has to be done. Get an ice cube and put it in a resealable plastic bag. Rub it onto the chewing gum for 3-5 minutes. Once it gets hard, a butter knife to chip the gum away from your jacket.
How To Get Bad Smell Out Of Leather
An original leather jacket is made from animal skin so a new one often carries a specific smell. It’s no big deal. You can easily get rid of the unpleasant smell by hanging your jacket at an airy corner of the house. Take half cup water, half cup white vinegar, mix it well and spray it on the jacket. Rub it lightly with a cotton cloth. It will prove to be effective.
How To Remove Ink Stains From Leather
Well, how painful it is to get an ink stain on your favorite leather jacket. We understand that discarding the jacket is not an option, so there has to be a solution to get rid of the ink stain. Here’s something you can try. A cotton cloth should be the first pick to soak extra ink from the jacket surface. Use diluted alcohol to remove molds or stains. Apply it to the area and leave it for 10 minutes. Start to gently rub the affected area in a circular motion. And you’ll begin to see the ink stain gradually disappear (always do a spot test on an old leather jacket before applying it to the main area).
How To Repair A Leather Jacket
The solution to repairing a tear in a jacket would be to insert a piece of similar leather between the torn skin and the lining. Use the same color thread to make it seamless and smooth. Another creative option could be to add some accessories to the damaged area. Stickers and add-ons are readily available in the market. Tiny tears can be fixed simply by using leather fabric glue. Remove the lining carefully, apply the glue at the inner side. Let it rest for at least 24 hours and then sew the lining back. Pretty simple, right? A leather repair kit is the handiest solution that you can always keep near and dear.