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Can You Wash Your Leather Jacket in a Washing Machine?

Can You Wash Your Leather Jacket in a Washing Machine?
Leather jackets are some of the most durable pieces of outerwear you can buy. But as with any piece of clothing, they will get dirty after tons of wear. And when your jacket gets dirty, it’s normal to wonder how you can and should clean it. For most people, this means wondering if it’s okay to wash their jackets with the rest of their laundry in a standard washing machine. Here’s what you need to know to keep your leather jacket looking its best.

You Can Toss Your Jacket in the Wash, But You Shouldn’t
Technically, you can toss your leather jacket in a washing machine and run it through the standard cycle, but doing so will wreck the look and feel of your jacket. Washing machines soak every piece of clothing you put in them. Getting your jacket drenched in water and soap can lead to major discoloration of the leather itself. Worse, the agitation the machine produces to remove dirt will damage the leather and could leave your jacket misshapen and almost impossible to wear.

If you’re tempted to wash your leather jacket in your washing machine, don’t. You’ll thank yourself in the future.

Dry Cleaning Isn’t Ideal Either
When clothing isn’t safe to toss in the washing machine, most people assume that it’s okay to dry clean. This may be true for that fancy suit jacket or your wool sweaters, but it’s not the best idea for your leather jacket. Most dry cleaners lack the experience and the supplies needed to safely clean leather. If they use their normal products on your leather apparel, the chemicals and dry cleaning process can wreck your jacket and leave it looking almost as bad as it would if you washed it at home.

Spot-Clean as Needed Instead
The best way to keep your jacket looking great is to spot clean stains and dirt away as needed. Use a dedicated leather cleaning solution and follow the instructions on the label. Be sure to test the product you’re using on an inconspicuous spot like under the collar before applying it to more visible areas. Many leather cleaning products end up causing some discoloration in the leather. This isn’t necessarily bad, and it doesn’t mean your jacket is damaged beyond repair, but it does mean your jacket could look different after you clean it. If you’re not comfortable with the color change, stop what you’re doing and seek help.

Leave the Deep Cleaning to a Leather Care Specialist
Leather jackets can be difficult to clean. That’s why it’s always best to leave the deep cleaning and repair work to an experienced leather care specialist. They have the tools and training needed to restore your jacket without damaging the leather or the look and feel you’ve come to love. 

Let Jonval Leather and Furs Help
If you’re worried about a buildup of dirt and grime on your leather jacket, don’t try to clean it on your own. Instead, leave the cleaning to the experts at Jonval Leather and Furs. Our team will get your jacket looking like new in no time. Contact us today for more information.

Why a Leather Jacket Should Be Part of Your Spring Wardrobe Refresh

Why a Leather Jacket Should Be Part of Your Spring Wardrobe Refresh
Spring is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. And while you can replace all of last season’s shirts with new, stylish choices, upgrading your outerwear can have a greater impact. And one of the best upgrades you can make to your spring clothing lineup is a beautiful leather jacket. Here’s why a leather jacket should be part of your spring wardrobe this year.

Leather Jackets Go With Anything
One of the best ways to make your wardrobe more versatile is to add pieces that can go with just about anything you pull out of your closet. A leather jacket is one of those items. When paired with a t-shirt, it can make you look trendy. When paired with a button down, it can transform an otherwise bland work-friendly outfit into one that showcases your personality. And there’s not a single color or type of fabric that leather won’t complement. 

They’re Warm, Not Hot
Spring weather in the greater Denver area can change quickly. Often, it’s close to freezing in the morning and more temperate in the afternoon, making dressing for the weather a challenge. Leather jackets offer the perfect balance of warmth and breathability. When paired with a warm sweater, these jackets can keep you toasty during the early morning hours and when worn over a shirt, they’re cool enough to be comfortable once the temperatures rise. 

Every Jacket Is Unique
Unless you’re buying custom clothing or making it yourself, your shirts, sweaters, and other accessories may be fairly common. If you can buy it in a store, other people can, too. That makes it hard to stand out and showcase your individual style. But leather jackets are completely unique. Every piece of leather will have different characteristics and colors, even if your jacket is made from the same general design as others. This makes it easier to stand out and helps you create a unique look that’s yours and yours alone. 

You’ll Stay Dry in Spring Rains
Though no item of clothing will keep you as dry as a proper raincoat, leather jackets are water resistant when properly treated. This means you’ll stay dry even in unexpected showers. Keep in mind that not all leather is able to stand up to moisture. You may notice some discoloration or staining in the material if it gets too wet.

Leather Jackets Are Durable
Much of the clothing and outerwear on the market these days is relatively low quality. That means it won’t last for years even if you take great care of it. Leather jackets are different. When you invest in a high-quality jacket and do what you can to keep it in good shape, it can last for decades. You’ll be able to enjoy using it for years to come without having to worry about replacing it just a few months after you bought it.

Let Jonval Help You Find the Perfect Fit
If you’re in the market for a leather jacket, take the stress out of the search. At Jonval Leather and Furs, we have beautiful leather jackets that can be custom tailored to fit your unique shape. Contact us to learn more about our selection and to discuss your needs.

Summer Storage for Furs

Summer Storage for Furs
Storage time is here!  In Colorado’s dry, hot climate, you need to store ALL your fur pieces to maintain the viability of the leather under the fur.  This includes any fur coats, vests, hats, pillows, lap robes and purses, for example, ---- anything made from real fur.

Our in-house leather storage is maintained at the recommended temperature and humidity. Your items will be stored with proper attention and care.

Also, now is a good time to have your fur cleaned and checked over for those small, almost invisible moths that like to lay their young in the fur and munch on it.  They can ruin fur if not fumigated and cleaned thoroughly.  Don’t take any chances.  Bring your fur in or send them in for a thorough inspection.

While we are inspecting for moths and moth damage, we also inspect for any tears in the fur, pockets, or lining.  Repairs are made after approval, of course, and our charges are known to be very reasonable.

Summer is also the time of year for those remodeling plans you may have for any of your fur.  Coats can be made smaller, sometimes larger, as well as have volume taken out.  Turning an outmoded coat into a vest is one idea.  And, of course, turning coats into lap robes or pillows are other popular ideas

Why Fur Throw Pillows Are a Great Addition to Your Living Room

Why Fur Throw Pillows Are a Great Addition to Your Living Room
You already went to great lengths to find the perfect sofa for your living room. But did you know that you can make it more comfortable and stylish just by adding a few throw pillows to the mix? Any high-quality throw pillow can enhance the look of your sofa, but incorporating fur throw pillows into your décor can make your space look and feel unique. Here are a few reasons to consider adding fur throw pillows into your living room.

They’re Comfortable
Throw pillows should be decorative, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice comfort for looks. Fur throw pillows offer the perfect balance between style and function. They’re soft to the touch, making them nice to lean against and offer enough support to help you stay comfortable during those long movie nights. Just be sure to buy a few different sizes to accommodate your different lounging positions.

Fur Is Durable
Just because fur is soft doesn’t mean it won’t last for years on end. High-quality fur is incredibly durable and can stand up to repeated use without issue. Keep in mind that you’ll still need to take care of the material and avoid spilling beverages or food on it if you want it to look great for years. With a little extra care, you’ll be able to keep your pillows looking like new with ease.

They Let You Showcase Your Style
Standard canvas or cloth throw pillows are perfectly serviceable, but they’re incredibly common. Everyone has them and you can pick them up at just about every big-box retailer in the greater Denver area. That means the chances are good that the pillows you choose will be the same as the ones your neighbor picked out. With fur, each pillow is unique. The colors and textures will vary from pillow to pillow and lets you showcase your individual style in a way that can’t be duplicated. 

They’re Available in Different Colors
When you choose a fur throw pillow, you don’t have to settle for boring natural tones. They’re available in many different colors to fit your room’s existing décor. Choose a dark natural fur for a more modern look or opt for a white or gray fur to brighten your space. The options are limitless and at Jonval, we’ll help you create the perfect throw pillows for your space, whether you’re looking to add one or two decorative pieces or want pillows in different sizes to transform your couch into a lounge that will be the envy of your neighbors. 

Invest in Fur Throw Pillows From Jonval
Fur throw pillows can make your space look and feel more inviting while letting you showcase your personality and unique sense of style. And at Jonval Leather and Furs, we make our pillows by custom order only. That means each pillow will be tailored to your tastes and your preferences, and will be unlike anything your neighbors may have. Contact us today to discuss your ideas and let our team create a truly breathtaking and statement piece for your living room. 

How to Safely Condition Your Leather Jacket

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.