Methods for Cleaning a Leather Jacket

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Methods for Cleaning a Leather Jacket
Leather jackets require special care when it comes to cleaning. (genuine warm leather jacket with zipper image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Leather requires special attention when it comes to cleaning, and jackets made from suede are no exception. However, by following a few simple steps, your leather jackets can be kept clean and in good condition at a fraction of the cost of having them professionally cleaned.

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Soap and Water

Dampen a sponge or a soft cloth with a small amount of gentle soap or detergent and clean water. Gently wipe all over the jacket with the cloth, paying careful attention that you are not rubbing too hard. Dampen another cloth, this time using only plain water, and wipe down the jacket in soft, gentle strokes until all the soap residue disappears. Wipe away any excess water with a dry cloth and allow the jacket to dry at room temperature. Once dry, treat the leather with a product that is specially made to prevent leather from cracking, such as Wilson's Leather & Suede Protector Spray.

Leather Cleaning Products

There are a great many products designed exclusively for cleaning leather. Products such as Kelly's Pro Leather Jacket Cleaner & Renovator and Icon Leather Cleaner and Conditioner are excellent for use on leather jackets, and provide an inexpensive alternative to having your jackets professionally cleaned. Be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly by applying the product sparingly and then wiping down with a clean cloth dampened with warm water. Then allow the jacket to dry naturally. Do not, however, use on suede forms of leather, because they require a special cleaning process.

Natural Suede Cleaner

For a spot on a suede jacket, mix a small amount of distilled white vinegar with an equal amount of warm water. Using a soft cloth, dampen the cloth with the water and vinegar mixture and wipe the suede jacket down with short, gentle strokes until the entire area of the jacket has been cleaned. Allow the jacket to air dry naturally at room temperature.

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