How Should I Treat My Lambskin Leather Jacket?

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How Should I Treat My Lambskin Leather Jacket?
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Softer than other leathers, lambskin offers substantial heat, making it ideal for winter or frigid locations. However, lambskin must be protected from the elements and maintained carefully to keep the leather from cracking or becoming damaged. Begin treating your lambskin leather jacket as soon as you buy it, and care for it regularly.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Lambskin leather jacket
  • Leather protector
  • Waterproofing product
  • Leather conditioner
  • Soft cotton cloth
  • Cornmeal or chalk
  • Suede brush

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Instructions

    Treatment

  1. 1

    Treat your lambskin leather jacket with leather protector as soon as you purchase it. Proper treatment will ensure your lambskin jacket lasts you years. Ideally, you should treat your lambskin jacket with protector twice each year.

  2. 2

    Protect your jacket against water by treating it with a leather waterproofing product. You can also have this done professionally to ensure optimum protection.

  3. 3

    Condition your lambskin leather jacket with leather oil products that moisturise the fabric without leaving a greasy residue. Use a soft cloth to apply the conditioner. Do not use conditioners that contain mineral oil and petroleum as these products can damage the finish of the leather. Also, avoid products with dye that will discolour the leather. Test the conditioner on a small area first using a soft cotton cloth if you are unsure of the product. If it doesn't darken the leather, it's likely safe.

  4. 4

    Eliminate stains on the jacket by rubbing cornmeal into the stain. Cornmeal will absorb most of the stain. If you don't have cornmeal, crush chalk into powdery pieces and let it sit on the stain overnight. Then use a suede brush to gently clean the leather after the stain has been absorbed.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your lambskin leather coat in a cool, dry location. Keep it out of the sun to avoid colour fading. Also, opt for padded hangers to maintain the shape of your jacket.

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