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Four common Denver leather mistakes and how to avoid them

June 2, 2021

Your leather jacket is an investment piece that, when properly taken care of, can last decades. However, you may be ruining your leather jacket without even realizing it. This is why it is so important to learn how to properly take care of your leather pieces. So, if you are ready to keep your Denver leather jacket in pristine condition, learn how to spot and avoid these common mistakes, below!

Mistake #1- Washing or drying your leather jacket at home

One of the most common mistakes you can make with your quality Denver leather jacket is trying to wash or dry it at home. While this can be a tempting way to clean a spill or stain, it can potentially damage the leather beyond repair. This is because leather requires specific chemicals and conditions for cleaning. If you notice a stain, spill, or just feel your jacket needs cleaned- we recommend always utilizing professional leather cleaning services, like the ones at Jonval. Although it may be more expensive than attempting to clean it yourself, we promise the results will be much better (and less expensive than having to buy a new jacket).

Mistake #2- Using a wire hanger

Some may be surprised to learn that wire hangers and leather jackets do not mix. Wire hangers often cannot handle the weight of leather and have the potential to create unwanted bumps in your jacket’s shoulder and collar area. Instead of wire hangers, we recommend using a strong, wide hanger that can support the weight of the leather. One of our favorite options is a wood hanger, as this is the least likely to cause damage.  

Mistake #3- Leaving your jacket in an area with high or low humidity

Leather, although durable and long lasting, does require some maintenance. This is especially true when it comes to storing it in an area that is not too dry or too humid. This is because leather can crack or become brittle in areas that are too hot and dry. An environment with too much humidity can also be a problem, as it may promote the growth of mold and bacteria. To avoid both of these issues, always keep your jacket in a cool and dry (but not too hot) environment.

Mistake #4- Attempting DIY alterations

While you may be able to add fun pins or other accessories to your jacket, when it comes to leather jacket alterations and tailoring it is essential to always utilize a leather expert. Attempting to alter a leather jacket with limited knowledge and resources can cause irreparable holes and other damages. Instead of trying to do this yourself, we suggest always contacting a tailor that is well versed in leather alterations, like the ones at Jonval.

If you are in need of leather repair in Denver, contact our expert team today at (720) 377-1555. Our professionals can also assist you with alterations, cleaning, and purchasing a new leather jacket or fur coat. Be sure to check out the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available or visit us at 6880 East Evans Avenue.