How To Clean A Leather Coat
Learning how to clean a leather coat and to take proper care of it can help you keep it in tip top shape for many years. Leather garments are notoriously difficult to keep clean, and leather coats are no exception. The best option is to keep it as well protected from dirt, grime and moisture as possible. With proper care, your leather coat shouldn't need cleaning frequently, once a year is typically enough to keep it looking good. But if it's starting to look a bit worn and dingy, then you definitely need to know how to clean a leather coat.
- Mild soap (there are also soaps made especially for leather that you can use)
- Damp soft cloth
- Damp sponge
- Dry soft cloth
- Leather conditioner
- Before you start to clean your leather coat, do a test spot on an inside pocket flap to make sure that the soap you're using doesn't cause any damage to the color of the leather.
- If all is well with the test spot, clean the entire surface of your leather coat with the mild soap and a damp soft cloth.
- After cleaning, use a clean damp sponge to remove all traces of soap or detergent.
- After your leather coat is thoroughly rinsed off, use a dry soft cloth or towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Let your coat hang on a padded hanger away from heat until thoroughly dried.
- Once your leather coat is completely dry, you'll want to condition the leather to keep it from drying out and cracking. Conditioning can also help make the coat more water repellent so you can avoid damage from moisture. Use a specialty leather conditioner or mink oil. Don't over-apply, you don't want it to be sticky to the touch.
Tips: If cleaning by hand isn't getting your leather clean, you can take it to a dry cleaner. Make sure to choose one that specializes in cleaning leather garments. Always wear a scarf with your leather coat. It will protect the collar of your coat from grime caused by the body oils from your hair and neck. Store your leather in a cool, well ventilated area. Always hang on a large or padded hanger, and never with anything heavy in the pockets.