Its indisputable leather jackets have been around for ages. They were invented for utilitarian purposes in the early 20's, but later they became fashion courtesy of Hollywood movies. Nowadays jackets are essentials for many wardrobes. The problem is not buying but the maintaining aspect. This has been a puzzle for many individuals.
So what are you supposed to do?
How to extend your leather jacket's life
Do you want to extend your leather jacket's life? You have to! A high-quality leather jacket is one of the smartest investments in your wardrobe and can serve you for many years. Many people overlook this aspect, hence, increasing the risk of structural damage and fading. Such problems can be avoided with the following tips:
HOW TO CLEAN
This is exactly what it sounds like, soap that's used to clean leather saddles. It's a great thing to know about because it's what you'll use to clean heavily soiled leather or to remove stubborn stains. There are a few caveats about the use of saddle soap, however. The first is that a little bit goes a long way; to use it, you'll rub a damp rag in a circular motion on the soap, which comes in a tin, until lather forms, then use the lather to clean your leather goods. After cleaning, it's really important to remove all the saddle soap residue from the leather by rinsing the rag very well, wringing it out so that it's just damp, and thoroughly wiping the soap away. Finally, saddle soap should only be used in cases where your leather needs a deep cleaning; for regular cleaning and maintenance, a leather conditioner is what you want.
HOW TO CONDITION
One of the most common causes of leather damage is cracking, this usually happens dues to dehydration. You need a leather conditioning substance to moisturize and protect the leather from drying.
HOW TO WEATHER PROOF
HOW TO STORE
Storing your coat properly will prevent many leather problems. Pull out that same sturdy hanger and store it in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Avoid any location that has excessive moisture-even a closet near a bathroom where steam may be present. If you are concerned about dust, cover the coat with a cloth garment bag or cotton sheet. Do not store your leather jacket or coat in a plastic bag that could trap moisture and promote mildew.
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SOME FINAL TIPS
- UV-protectant- Besides the leather conditioning product, you need a UV-protectant to shield your leather from the sun's ultraviolet rays.
- Hang it on a padded clothes hanger- Most people toss their jackets on the floor or sofa, this decreases the lifespan of the coat. Use a padded clothes hanger because cheap plastic and wire hangers lack the necessary capacity to support a leather jacket.
- Choose the right size- You need the right size but why? A perfect-fitting leather jacket lasts longer and offers an appealing look and comfort.
- Read the care label- Most people ignore the care label of their garments and jackets. This is wrong since the label provides you with cleaning and caring insights. Manufacturers include the tag in the jacket collar. Read and follow it.
- Store in the right climate- Which is the right climate for your leather jacket? Don't store the jacket in high humid areas such as basements. The excess moisture will seep through the leather which will promote mildew and mildew. Store your jacket in a climate-controlled area such as a closet.