How to Clean Your Leather Jacket
*Disclaimer: Always test any leather care, waterproofer or conditioner product on a small, out of site area first. They may change the color or feel of the leather. We will not accept returns after any products after any leather care or conditioner product has been applied, nor do we guarantee any leather care products will be safe for our products. This is provided as a basic guide for your convenience only.
What you need:
Hard Surface (i.e. table top, floor, etc.)
Mink Oil (Liquid type), Lexol, or Leather Lotion (There are many different types of leather conditioners out there, but most experts recommend Lexol and Kiwi Leather Conditioner)
1. Put your leather jacket on the table laid out flat.
2. Take a clean cloth and soak it with warm water. Wipe the cloth over your jacket, removing any dirt and residue that have built up over the past 6 months or so. Don’t rub too hard, just enough to clean it and allow the water to semi-soak through the leather. You don’t want the leather to stay wet for long periods.
3. Apply a layer of conditioner (i.e. mink oil, Lexol, or leather lotion) onto your jacket. Use the conditioners sparingly, don’t apply too much or else the leather will become sticky and stiff. (Note: If you do use mink oil, use the liquid type only. The shoe polish version isn’t good.) Allow the garment to sit for 1-2 hours.
4. Wipe your jacket with a clean dry cloth. Apply a second coat of conditioner. Let the jacket sit for another 24 hours. This allows the chemicals to soak through the leather and revitalize it.
5. Buff your jacket with a dry cloth and you’re ready to go. We recommend doing this once or twice a year, ideally around the start of spring (after the harsh winter weather) and summer, so when fall comes around, you’ll have a nice leather jacket that’s protected from the elements.
As an added touch, you can spray your jacket with leather waterproofer (read the waterproofer instructions before you use it though, some of them are usually meant for leather shoes, not jackets).
*Waterproofer can change the color feel of your leather, always test on a small out of site area first.*
In case your leather jacket gets scuffed, some recommend using Meltonian Shoe Polish Cream. These are available at shoe repair shops in many colors. One jar can last you a lifetime. Lightly wet the scuffed area with warm water. Apply a small amount of shoe cream on the scuff, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, and buff it with a dry cloth.
*As a historical note, during WWII, the B-3 Shearling Sheepskin jacket issued to US fighter pilots was coated with a layer of rubber to “waterproof it” from the elements. Unfortunately, this prevented the leather from being able to breath, and very few survived the war due to dry rot.