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Tips for Cleaning Your Leather, Fur & Shearling Coats

January 11, 2017

Leather, fur and shearlings provide a great return on investment when cared for properly. With the appropriate routine care, your valuables can last for decades. Learn how each of these clothing types need to be maintained and the benefits of using Denver leather repair if needed.


Unless extreme circumstances occur, you only need to wash a leather jacket once per year. Follow the care instructions listed on your clothing. Obviously, within that year, spills or accidents will happen. You can manage those as they happen in a few ways. First, you can invest in a spot cleaner. Purchase this before or with your leather jacket to ensure you have it ready in case of emergency. That isn’t all—water often works well too. For certain spills, you can put warm water mixed with a little bit of a mild dish soap and wipe off the stain. Dap it with a towel until dry. One of the best ways to maintain your leather jacket’s quality is prevention. You can purchase a leather protectant that will preserve and moisturize your jacket. This will keep it from cracking and other issues. Learn a few other ways to keep a leather jacket clean in between using a professional in DIY’s How to Clean a Leather Jacket.


Fur coats only need to be washed once per year. Follow the care instructions listed to maintain it’s beautiful qualities. In most cases, it lists to be cleaned through a professional service. Throughout the year when you aren’t wearing your fur coat, make sure it is stored in a cool, dry ventilated environment. Good air flow is important to maintain quality as heat and humidity can be detrimental and can lead to cracking and other damage. If small amounts of snow or water get on your coat, take a towel and soak it up as soon as possible. Once completely dry, give it a good shake which will help volumize the fur again. If for some reason your coat gets very wet, take it to a professional to restore it.


Shearling clothing only needs to be cleaned once per year and follow care instructions before getting started. In many cases, it will need to be dry cleaned. For small spots and stains, you can use a cloth with a small amount of water or purchase a cleaner. Avoid using chemicals as it can ruin the quality. If the inside of your shearling clothing is leather, be sure to use the leather care tips above to preserve that part of the clothing. Also, if your clothing gets wet, allow it to air dry as opposed to putting it into the dryer. For storing the coat, be sure to keep it in a cool and ventilated environment.

Over time, your fur and leather may need some love. Learn more about the types of alterations to keep your leather and fur coats in Denver lasting for decades! When it comes to properly caring for your leather, fur and shearling clothing, Jonval can help. We are your local expert and can repair, re-line and re-dye materials. We can also alter your clothing or remodel it. No matter what you need, we have you covered. Looking for something new? Stop by and see us at 6880 E. Evans Ave. in Denver 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.