How to clean a Timberland leather jacket

Updated April 17, 2017

With proper care a Timberland leather jacket can look good for years and be an integral part of your wardrobe. Treat it improperly, however, and the leather may become unsightly and the jacket unwearable. Proper care begins with regular cleaning using the correct procedure to remove any stains and marks that your jacket picks up.

Clear a work area such as a table or desk of all extraneous clutter and lay your Timberland leather jacket upon it. Brush your leather jacket clean of any dust or loose dirt using a soft-bristle clothes brush.

Pour half a litre of clean, tepid water into a bowl. Add seven or eight drops of unscented child's shampoo or mild liquid hand soap to the bowl. Agitate the water with your fingers.

Dampen a clean white cloth or towel with the shampoo and water. Blot the area of the jacket you wish to clean with the damp cloth and blot dry. Repeat if any stain or mark remains. Continue to blot and dry all areas of the jacket you wish to clean.

Hang your jacket inside, or outside in the shade, on a wide, padded coat hanger to air dry.


Apply a leather conditioner according to the manufacturers directions once the jacket is dry.


Avoid wiping your jacket with the damp cloth. This can leave unusual marks.

Do not clean your jacket with harsh soaps, mineral spirits or turpentine.

Avoid using mink oil, a common home leather conditioner, on your Timberland jacket, as this may darken the color.

Suede jackets require a separate cleaning procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Unscented child's shampoo or mild liquid hand soap
  • Clean white cloths or towels
  • Wide, padded coat hanger
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About the Author

Based in rural Andalusia, Spain, Joel Barnard has been teaching English and writing travel-related articles since 1999. His articles have appeared in "Travel and Food" magazine, "Backpacker Essentials" magazine and a number of travel websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in sociology and comparative Western societies from East London University.