The leather jacket, the ultimate example of rugged masculine style, but did you know that if you don't take care of your jacket properly, you can send it to an early grave, stains fading and even cracks will destroy the most well-made leather jacket, but how to take care of your leather jacket? Should you run it through the washing machine? Then run it through the dryer wrong don't ever do that you're going to ruin your jacket that way leather has two enemies moisture and heat if your jacket gets soaked. And you don't dry it out properly you let it sit, you can deal with mold and mildew issues, which will ruin the leather water can also wash away the natural oils in the leather. And it can make the leather brittle and prone to crack over time. What about using the heat to dry out the leather gentlemen, if done improperly heat can cause leather to shrink and can over dry the leather leading to cracks using a heat dryer to dry your leather jacket, laying it across a radiator, or even laying it out in the.
Sun can cause damage. So how to dry a leather jacket if it's wet one is a wide shoulder, hanger, don't, try to use a regular hanger. It will damage your leather jacket. Now, when you hang it up, make sure it's got plenty of ventilation, leave it for about 24 hours, and it should be dry. So now let's talk about cleaning a leather jacket, because how can you clean a leather jacket? If you can't soak it in water?
Let me show you dampen a cotton, rag or microfiber cloth and gently rub it over the leather jacket to. Remove any dirt or dust now, a little water, won't hurt your jacket soaking. It is what really causes the issues pro-tip when using water to clean your jacket use only distilled water, regular tap water contains minerals that can cause stains of their own I recommend giving your jacket a quick wipe down like this once every month or two to keep dirt from building up. But what if it's filthy with you got dirt caked on the jacket? What if it looks like, you need to throw it into the washing machine.
Nope still don't. Do it gentlemen. Now, my favorite product for cleaning leather is saddle soap, it's, gentler on leather, and it easily cuts through dirt and grime. Now to get started what you want to do is rub a damp cloth over the saddle soap to create a lather gently rub, a thin layer of the saddle soap over area that's dirty next remove any excess soap with a damp cloth. And let dry for 10 to 15 minutes, pro-tip remember to spot test any leather cleaning product or conditioner on a small area of your.
Jacket, preferably in a place that no one's going to be able to see to check first staining. This is important gentlemen. Now if you do decide to give your entire leather jacket, a deep cleaning only do this once a year because here's the issue using that saddle soap you're removing a lot of the essential oils on the outside, and even some on the inside of the leather, and you're gonna need to replace that you now need to condition the leather, which by the way I'm gonna cover later in this video. Now, What about leather stains can be a bit trickier to get rid of depending on what actually stain the jacket now stains from food and liquids can usually be removed at home, but a bad ink.
Stain, guys, that's gonna probably require professional help if it's a fresh stain immediately, you want to use a clean cloth to gently blot as much of the liquid or grease from the jacket as possible. Notice I said, blot, not rub in. Now, if the stain still isn't removed we're gonna level up our efforts. Here and we're going to use simple dish soap simply mix a bit with water, and then you're going to use cloth to gently dab at the stain with the mixture again, we're, not rubbing it in we're, not pressing hard. Now after you've been dabbing away with that, soapy mixture, go ahead.
And wipe it away with a fresh wet. Cloth. Finally, use another cloth to lightly dry the area at this point, you're going to let the leather sit and completely dry for a few hours once dried check to see if the stain is still there if so. Repeat the process again.
Now, if the stains more stubborn it's, not coming out with dish soap, you want to use a stain remover specifically formulated for leather. You can find him out there tons of brands. Now every product going to have its own set of instructions for this one right here for what I'm using it says to apply it with a sponge and then gently wipe it over the stain in small circles.
Now, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any excess, stain remover and repeat as necessary until the. Stain is gone. Now at this point gentlemen, if the stain persists it's time to take it to the professionals, what you're going to want to do is call all the dry cleaners in your area, and let them know what the stain is and that it is in leather and ask them if they specialize in dealing with leather products. Now let's talk about how to deal with the leather jacket that has become faded and scratched. Now, leather jackets are going to fade and develop a patina over time, that's part of their charm, but too.
Much patina from neglecting to care for your jacket guys that just looks unsightly. And the worst part is that some of those deep scratches if not taken care of can develop into cracks that can create holes right in your jacket and can make the jacket unwearable. So the first step in the defense of your jacket from becoming faded scratched and cracked gentlemen, leather conditioner, what's, the best leather conditioner down in the description of today's video, I am going to link over to my. Resources at real men, real style, calm where I talk about different leather conditioners and I give you more insight into maybe what you're looking for so to get started use a soft cloth and apply a thin layer of leather conditioner over the entire check, paying careful attention areas like the elbows where the stress of flexing is more likely to cause cracking.
Now when you're applying a leather conditioner, you want to apply it in moderation, let it soak for about 20 minutes. And if you see you. Applied too much remove the excess. Now, when is a good time to condition your leather jacket, anytime you get caught in the rain and that jacket gets wet, and you let it dry it out also if you've cleaned the jacket recently with saddle soap, you want to apply a leather conditioner. And of course, don't forget to apply leather conditioner after you've treated a stain, especially a spot state when you put that stain remover on there, it didn't just pull out the stain. It also pulled out a bit of moisture.
Now, a general rule of thumb is to condition your jacket once a year, but if you rarely wear the leather jacket, if it sits in your closet, and it's climate, controlled guys, once every five years is going to be fine, but what if you wear it all the time it gets wet? Or you live in a dry climate like Arizona, guys, I would recommend two to three times a year. Now let's talk about recoloring the jacket you can actually buy special ball in the color of your jacket. Let's say, you've got a black leather it's. Starting to lose some of its color, it's becoming gray in areas, you use this bomb like a conditioner on the outside of the jacket again, making sure to test it in a small area. And you would be surprised about what you can do yourself with these bombs to recolor the jacket and bring back its natural shine. And look.
Now remember gentlemen, when it comes to these bombs, less is more oftentimes you're going to want to go in small, circular strokes and work the ball into the lover. Now, these bulbs in. General work rather quick, but you're gonna need to let them dry and then go over and buff. Look at the results and then say, hey, do I want to apply another layer.
Maybe you do and then go for it till you get the color desired. And by the way, I've seen guys do this on their entire jacket when they wanted to make the jacket, a slightly different color. They wanted to take a lighter jacket, make it a little darker again. This is something you need to spot check see how it looks, but don't be afraid to.
Have fun with your jacket and go for a different look. So we've talked about repair and recovery. But what can you do to protect your leather jacket from the elements in my opinion?
One of the best products out there is a water-resistant silicone spray. This right here is going to do a great job of protecting your jacket. And if you have a suede jacket, this is required otherwise, yes, one rainstorm.
And you can end up looking like, you know, Jerry over its side field. Yeah, you remember that episode we. Don't want that to happen to you now to apply the spray go in light overlapping strokes, until you've covered the entire garment make sure you're in an area that's well, ventilated and wait about 12 hours until the leather has completely dried after you've sprayed the silicone spray on. So what video to watch next gentlemen, check out this video, where I teach you how to take an old beat-up pair of dress shoes and bring them back to life. You.
Dated : 21-Mar-2022