How to Soften a Leather Coat

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Few things are more frustrating than spending big bucks on a leather jacket, only to have it end up feeling hard, rigid and uncomfortable to wear. Caring for leather is a delicate matter and should be handled with care so your jacket keeps its appearance and usability.

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Things you need

  • Leather conditioner like Lexol or oil
  • Dryer
  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Humidifier

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  1. 1

    Place your jacket in the same room as a quality humidifier. Leave it hanging in there for an hour, and then check to see if it is becoming less stiff. If so, leave it awhile longer to get the results you want. This will not work every time.

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    Use a odourless oil, such as linseed or canola oils, or a leather conditioner like Lexol. Use the oils or conditioner by putting some in your hands, and then massage it into the jacket. Then, once it has been covered, put the jacket into your dryer and “air fluff” dry with no heat. Place a pair of shoes covered in towels into the dryer with the jacket.

  3. 3

    Take your jacket to a professional. Most dry cleaning facilities can handle leather conditioning, and if you can afford the expense when nothing else works, it will be well worth it to maintain your comfort and your jacket’s appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • If you dryer does not have an “air fluff” setting, skip that step.

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