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How to Safely Condition Your Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are some of the most durable and long-lasting clothing items you can invest in. They’re able to withstand the test of time and virtually never go out of style. But with frequent wear and exposure to environmental contaminants like exhaust fumes, perfume, and the sun’s UV rays, your leather can start to dry out. When left unaddressed, dry leather can spell serious trouble, but you can prevent that damage by conditioning it properly. Here’s how.

Make Sure the Leather Is Clean First
Before you condition your leather jacket, you’ll need to first make sure it’s clean. Start by wiping down the surface with a lint-free cloth. Microfiber and Swiss dishcloths work well. This should be enough to remove most surface grime and buildup. If there are more stubborn spots, you may need to use a leather cleaner to remove the buildup or you can bring your jacket to Jonval and let our experts take care of your leather.

Use the Right Type of Conditioner
Not all leather conditioners are the same. Before you apply even a small amount, make sure the conditioner you’re using is safe for your type of leather and your jacket’s finish. Reputable products will always state the types of leather the conditioner can be used on without causing damage or extreme discoloration. Ideally, choose a conditioner specifically designed for leather jackets. And if you have a mixed-material jacket, be sure to only use the conditioner on the leather. 

Test Your Conditioner First
Some conditioners can change a jacket’s color. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it is something you need to be aware of before you condition your jacket. Check your conditioner by doing a test patch. Look for a hard-to-see area on your jacket and apply a small amount of conditioner to the area. Most people find that testing conditioner on a small spot beneath the collar or on the inside hem of the jacket is ideal. Let the conditioner sit for a day and check your jacket. If there’s no discoloration or the discoloration you see is minimal, you can move on to the next step.

Apply the Conditioner According to the Product’s Directions
When it comes to applying conditioner, you’ll want to follow the product’s directions closely. And be sure to avoid using more conditioner than you truly need. Using too much won’t make your jacket look or feel better. Instead, it can make your jacket feel greasy, heavy, and otherwise less well-cared-for. Once you apply the conditioner, be sure to hang your jacket to dry in a cool, dark space away from other clothing items. This way, you won’t end up getting oil on any of your other clothes.

Leave the Repairs to Jonval Leathers and Furs
Conditioning your leather jacket is the best way to extend its life and keep it looking like new. But conditioning can’t repair damage that’s already happened. For scratches, scuffs, tears, and other damage, you’ll want to get your jacket repaired by a professional. At Jonval, our team is here to help. Contact us to discuss your jacket’s condition today.