How to Clean the Liner on a Leather Jacket

Written by todd campitelli
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Taking a jacket to the cleaners can be a costly and time-consuming process. Dry cleaners that specialise in leather jacket cleaning will charge up to £48 to have a leather jacket cleaned and can take up to two weeks. If you have some stains on the jacket lining that you would like to clean, you can often do this yourself. Since the jacket's liner is often made of either silk or another fabric, you can clean it easily with a mild detergent and a little bit of cool water.

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Things you need

  • Woolite or other mild detergent
  • Sponge
  • Clean towels
  • Cool water

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  1. 1

    Turn the jacket inside out, revealing the liner.

  2. 2

    Take a damp sponge and a little Woolite or other detergent designed for delicates and gently wash the liner. Try to not get the leather too wet.

  3. 3

    Rinse and ring out the sponge. Wipe away any excess soap residue.

  4. 4

    Pat the liner dry with a clean towel.

  5. 5

    To finish drying, lay the jacket out on some towels and stuff the arms with dry towels.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a damp, but not soaking wet sponge to wash the jacket liner.
  • If you get the leather a little wet, it is fine to quickly dry it with a towel.
  • Do not hang a wet leather jacket to dry. Leather tends to stretch when wet, so it is best to dry the jacket on a table.

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