by Sarah Makhluf
Sarah is a freelance content writer from Boston, MA. She loves traveling, fashion, and the beach.
A great leather jacket never goes out of style. They add style, class, and sophistication to any outfit. Men all around the world gravitate toward leather jackets to amp up their style. Many call them the most timeless article of clothing ever made. They do, however take a bit of maintenance to keep them in the best possible condition. Have you ever thought about how your leather jacket will age? When the excitement of purchasing your new leather jacket wears off, it's time to take care of it so you can keep it for years to come. Taking a few measures to care for the material will keep your leather jacket looking newer for longer. Leather jackets are more delicate than your average outerwear, and throwing them in the laundry machine is, unfortunately, not an option. The good news is there are plenty of products on the market today to keep your jackets from looking dirty or dull and drying out. Read on to learn about how to care for your leather jacket and learn a few tips and tricks to clean it in a way that will have it looking pristine for a long time to come.
We all know that leather jackets can be made from various animal hides. Cowskin, sheepskin, and lambskin are the most common. Do all of these types of leather age the same? In general, yes, all kinds of leather jackets, no matter which animal hide they are made from, will have very similar aging processes. When it comes to leather, always keep in mind that it's made from a natural material. So, if the color changes or it stretches, it's completely normal. Some men even like it when their jackets have a more 'lived in' or vintage look to them. Some of the aging signs we see on leather are the natural effects of the animal hide, but if you want to preserve your jacket for longer, there are a few key measures you can take to keep it looking as close as the day you bought it.
Is your leather jacket looking a bit lackluster? It could be natural wear and tear, or it may just require a little TLC. Cleaning your leather jacket occasionally will keep it from getting dull or dingy looking. You can apply saddle soap to most leather jackets to clean the surface and preserve the original appearance of your leather jacket.
Saddle soap is a type of leather conditioner that can be used to clean, condition, and protect genuine leather from damage. While there are dozens of different saddle soap brands and varieties, most of the ones on the market today are made from a mixture of basic ingredients like lanolin and beeswax.
Start by wiping down your garment with a damp - not soaked - cloth. This will remove the dust and dirt that's collected on the surface of the leather. Next, rub a small amount of saddle soap on another clean washcloth. With the new washcloth, gently apply the saddle soap throughout the leather. For the best results, rub in it using a clockwise motion. If the saddle soap looks a bit streaky at first, don't worry. It will gradually settle into the leather and become invisible. If there is still a little too much excess, try wiping the surface of the jacket with another clean, dry washcloth to remove any excess saddle soap.
Keep in mind that saddle soap isn't a one-time product. You should be applying it to not only your leather jackets but all leather products, like belts and wallets regularly. A good rule of thumb is to apply saddle soap once every 3-4 months for optimal protection. Using saddle soap regularly will prevent your leather from naturally occurring wear and tear, like dryness, cracking, and sun damage. Do keep in mind that using saddle soap too often can actually harm your leather. Overuse can lead to excess moisture, getting trapped in the leather, which promotes mildew. If you stick to the every few months rule, you shouldn't run into any issues.
Want more ways to keep your leather jacket in perfect condition? Check out the list below to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your jacket looking as good as new.
Thanks so much for reading. When it comes to leather jackets, the last thing you want is to limit the amount of use. Doing a few simple steps will ensure the lifespan of your leather jacket is a long as possible. In most cases, when we buy leather, we are in it for the long haul. For me, I always condition my leather jackets at least twice per year. I think of leather jackets as an investment piece. If I am dropping a couple hundred on a coat, I want it to be part of my wardrobe for years to come. Thanks so much for reading, and if you liked the article, please pass it along.
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