Natural leather is a difficult material to keep up. To keep your leather mortorcycle jacket in good shape, you should learn the basics of cleaning and tending to leather.
These cleaning tips can be utilized for leather gloves, skirts, belts, and handbags, as well as natural leather furniture, car upholstery and various other leather goods.
With normal use, a smooth surfaced leather jacket only must be thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned one per year. To clean a smooth leather jacket, use a minor soap or detergent. Wipe the jacket on its entire surface with the detergent on a dampened textile. Rinse with a clean wet sponge, and pat off any excess water around the jacket. You should then allow it dry on a hanger where there is plenty of air circulation. You can spot clean using a damp soapy rag the rest of the year.
To prevent drying and cracking, you will need have to condition your jacket. Rub a modest amount of mink oil or leather conditioner in to the leather to prevent drying and cracking. Use only enough to coat your entire jacket, but not enough that it feels sticky. Only dry clean leather like a last resort, if it is extremely dirty or stained, as dry cleaning can remove the jacket's patina. If you must dry clean leather, be sure you take it to a cleaner that concentrates on cleaning leather garments.
All leather jackets should hung up, and never folded, as folding could potentially cause creases in the leather. Use padded or wooden hangers to prevent any indentations that could be caused by a wire hanger. But if your leather jacket does get creased, eliminate the creases by hanging in bathroom after running a hot bathtub, to let the steam determine the creases. Creases can also be taken out by ironing your leather jacket with a low setting. Make sure to use heavy paper between the leather plus the iron.
Using these tips should show you how in cleaning your leather jackets and other garments the correct way, and avoid ruining your favourite leather goods.