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How To Care for a Leather Jacket

Dena Hamilton - Sunday, May 08, 2011
How to Care for a Leather Jacket
  • First look it over carefully and try to detect if there are any weak spots in the panels and try to protect them by not stressing them. You can read more about this on our Helpful Info page "Now look the coat over..."
  • Protect the back panels of the jacket where you sit, by just taking a little care with them when you get in and out of the car.
  • Notice where a seat belt may rub. If you have a lamb jacket  you may want to keep a scarf in the car to throw over your shoulder before you put your seat belt on.
  • Be observant when you put your gloves in your pockets. Don’t wad them up and jam them in the pockets or your jacket my tear at the corners of the pockets.
  • When zipping your jacket, make sure the pin is seated well in the box before you pull on the zipper pull. If it is not, it’s not going to zip and each pull will put unnecessary wear on the tape at the pin. There is a picture of a zipper worn at the pin on our Shipping page click here
  • Keep it moist.  Use a good leather conditioner on a regular basis. We think the Urad products are the best made!  After you condition your coat you can seal the moisture in and help to keep the elements and dirt and oil out with a good water repellent spray. Our pick for conditioning.
  • If your jacket gets wet, wipe off the surface moisture with a clean dry towel and hang it up in a well ventilated area, but not where there is a hot air vent blowing on it. Let it dry naturally.
  • Never store in a plastic bag. You can take an old sheet and put a hole in it and hang it over it in the closet if you are storing it for a long time. But don’t pack it in tightly between other coats. Hang loosely.
  • If it tears, get help right away. Never put tape on a tear, as it will pull up the fibers when you take it off and make the tear worse. And never use those tear kits, you can see the disastrous effect at the bottom of our Tears page- photo of leather repair kit results