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Leather Store Denver: How to Clean Your Leather Jacket At Home

December 20, 2017

Leather jackets are an expensive investment which is why it’s extremely important to keep them clean so they last for years, and even decades. It’s inevitable that you’re going to be wearing your jacket out and you spill something on it, or get spilled on. Cleaning up a spill right away is imperative to retain the color of your jacket, and so you won’t get a stain lasting for years on end. While it’s important to get your jacket professionally cleaned, like we offer at Jonval, these are a few of the ways you can get rid of stains and spots by yourself at home from your Denver leather store!

Before You Begin

It’s important to know to never use ammonia- or bleach-based cleaners to clean leather. They will damage the finish and dry it out and cause your jacket to crack. While you might think that water is definitely okay to use, don’t use too much as it can stain leather. If you can, clean spills on your jacket immediately with a soft cloth. Leather itself is incredibly porous and will absorb liquids quickly, causing a stain to form. Leather will also scratch, so keep anything rough or sharp away from your jacket.

Cleaning Options

The first way you can clean your leather jacket is to use soap and water. Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap and dip a soft cloth into it. Wring out the cloth so it’s not super wet, and wipe your jacket. If you normally clean with vinegar, you can try using that solution on your jacket as well. Mix one part vinegar to one part water and use a new damp cloth to wipe off the solution. Dry your jacket with a towel.

Is your stain oil- or grease-based? If so, sprinkle some baking soda or cornstarch on the stain. Using a damp, soft cloth, rub it gently and let it sit for a few hours or even overnight. The baking soda or cornstarch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the residual power with a soft cloth and then dry the stain off with a soft towel.

Specialty leather cleaners are available that contain ingredients that take away dirt, stains, and oils that also help soften the leather and keep it healthy. If you buy a bottle, squire a dime-sized glob of the solution onto the stained jacket. Take a soft, clean towel and rub the leather cleaner into the surface of the jacket. Go in slow, circular strokes. As you work the cleaner in, it will start to collect dirt and remove any spots or stains that have gotten onto the leather. Use another soft, clean towel to remove any excess solution on the jacket.

If you’re not comfortable trying to clean your leather jacket at home, bring it to the professionals! Jonval Leathers is known for being “the” place for all things leather. We offer professional alterations, repairs, and cleaning. Contact us today for any questions you might have!