How to Properly Care for a Leather Jacket

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How to Properly Care for a Leather Jacket

A good-quality leather jacket is an expensive item of apparel out of which everyone wants to get years of wear. In order to keep a stylish leather jacket looking great and feeling comfortable, it is imperative to understand how to take proper care of it, no matter which type of leather it is. Weather conditions, natural body oils, perspiration, creams, lotions, or makeup can cause permanent damage to a leather jacket. Using a leather protector, storing the jacket correctly, and correct cleaning and conditioning of the leather all helps to ensure the leather jacket remains in optimum condition, and keeps one looking good and feeling comfortable all year round.

Leather jackets and leather care products can be purchased from most department stores, various clothing stores, and even some shoe stores. For specialty leather jackets and leather care products that usually come in the form of a cream, spray, or polish, buyers are advised to visit a specialist leather goods store. Alternatively, buyers can choose to search online for their desired leather products. eBay has a wide selection of products for sale from sellers all over the world.


Identify the Type of Leather

Before doing anything with a new leather jacket, new owners should carefully remove all purchase tags and immediately read the manufacturer's wash care label. Any good-quality leather jacket features label directions explaining how to care for the leather jacket properly. This care label is usually located on the inside lining of the jacket at the bottom of one of the side seams.

This care label tells the owner exactly which type of leather the jacket is made from, as well as which type of finish it is. There are several different types and finishes of leather, and each requires different care methods. The following table provides a list of the various finishes of leather available and a description of each.


Leather Finishes



Uses full grain leather that has been treated with the chemical, Aniline, which keeps the hide's natural grain and tones; commonly used to make brown or tan leather jackets


Very soft, supple, and durable leather; uses full grain sheep or lamb hide; very high grade, expensive leather


Uses the softer, underside of the split grain hide; similar to Nappa, but not as durable; easily stained, so needs proper protectant applied


Uses top, or full grain cattle hide, finely sanded and buffed; produces soft, velvety leather finish, similar to suede; top quality leather that is very expensive; susceptible to water stains, needs proper protector

Different types and finishes of leather are commonly used to make leather jackets, auto seats, and upholstery. They can vary greatly in price and do require different methods of care. The different types of leather available also vary in their comfort, breathability, and durability.


Apply a Leather Protector

Before wearing a leather jacket for the first time, it is important to treat it with a leather protector, similar to a Scotchgard used on leather furniture. These protectors are odorless and colorless, and usually feature a spray-on application. They protect the leather material from water, oil, and dirt stains. Leather protectors are especially useful for suede leather, which can stain easily. It may be necessary to re-apply leather protector once a year to get the ultimate look out of your jacket.

Correct Storing of the Leather Jacket

Correctly store your leather jacket when not in use to keep the jacket in top condition. After taking the jacket off, be sure to hang it up on a large shoulder-shaped hanger. It is important to use a wide shouldered coat hanger so as not to put dent marks in the shoulders. Jackets should be stored by hanging in a dry, cool wardrobe, away from direct sunlight or any other heat source. Jackets that are stored away during a summer season should use a breathable clothes storage bag. This keeps it dry, clean, and dust-free. Never store a jacket away while it is still wet or damp. The jacket should be completely dry before hanging up in the wardrobe. Mildew can cause irreparable damage to leather materials, so a jacket should always be stored in a dry wardrobe away from moisture, such as steam from a bathroom.

Cleaning the Leather Jacket

Keeping a leather jacket clean involves properly cleaning, conditioning, and drying the leather. There are various types of leather cleaners and leather conditioners available. You can buy a kit that includes the cream or polish and a brush for proper care.

Cleaning a Leather Jacket

Cleaning a leather jacket involves the use of specialized leather cleaning products. Wipe the surface of a dry jacket with a soft damp cloth, then use leather cleaner and apply sparingly with a damp sponge. Wipe again to remove any residue, and leave to dry. Aniline leather jackets are easy to clean with leather cleaner. Care must be taken when cleaning a suede leather jacket or nubuck leather jackets, as these tend to be more delicate and prone to staining. Gently rubbing these types of leather with a terry cloth or brushing with a suede cleaning brush are the best ways to clean these more delicate leather materials. After cleaning a leather jacket, it is important to follow with a conditioning treatment and protector.

Conditioning a Leather Jacket

Conditioning a leather jacket is a very important aspect of proper jacket care. There are a wide range of leather conditioners designed specifically for leather jackets and leather clothing items. Mink oil is one popularly used leather conditioner. Leather conditioner keeps the leather supple, and prevents it from drying or cracking. Conditioning a leather jacket is very important, especially if the jacket gets damp or wet at all. A jacket should only be conditioned after it has been carefully cleaned and dried. The conditioning product should be used sparingly, using only enough to provide a very thin, even coat over the leather surface that acts as a sort of repellent. Apply conditioner with a soft dry cloth. A leather jacket should be regularly conditioned at least once per year.

Drying a Leather Jacket

Drying a leather jacket, whether after being cleaned or being out in the rain should be done at room temperature. The jacket should be hung on a wide-shouldered hanger, and left to air dry at room temperature. A wet or damp jacket should never be stored or hung away with other clothes if it is still damp. Mildew loves leather, and trying to remove mildew from leather is very difficult. Before hanging a wet leather jacket up to dry, any excess water and water spots should be wiped away with a soft dry cloth. If a jacket has been wet, once it is completely dry, a coat of leather conditioner should be reapplied to keep the material soft and supple. Make sure you store the jacket in a dry place when not being worn.

Buying Leather Jackets on eBay

eBay provides a great opportunity for buyers to find leather jackets and leather jacket cleaning care products online. There is a wide range of leather items available from sellers all over the world, and buyers can search out their desired item at the most competitive price. Searching eBay is simple, and there are numerous ways that buyers can buy online at eBay with complete confidence.

Searching for Leather Jackets on eBay

Buyers can type "leather jackets" into the search bar on eBay's home page to see an extensive list of jackets for sale. From here, buyers can further refine their search by looking for "leather motorcycle jackets", "leather bomber jackets," or "women's petite leather jackets."

Buying on eBay with Confidence

eBay offers secure payment methods. Buyers who are new to eBay can find all the information needed regarding possible payment options by reading the Paying for Items section in eBay's Learning Center. It is also in eBay's Learning Center that buyers can find useful information about identifying Top-rated Sellers, and understanding eBay's seller Feedback Star Rating.


A leather jacket is a great item of clothing any woman wants to have in her wardrobe. It is stylish, classic, comfortable, and warm. Leather jackets come in a wide range of jacket styles in various types of leather finish. The most common leather used in jackets is aniline, top-quality leather that retains the natural leather pattern of the hide. Some leather materials are more expensive than others. Nappa and nubuck leather jackets are soft, supple, and tend to be very expensive. Any leather jacket is likely to be expensive, no matter which sort of leather finish it has, and one wants to ensure the maximum wearable life from such a purchase.

In order to keep that new leather jacket looking like it did the day it came home from the shop, it is important to know how to properly care for it. Leather jackets need protection, cleaning, and conditioning. They also need to be dried properly, as well as stored properly. Buyers want to ensure they purchase good-quality leather cleaning and conditioning products and accessories when they buy their new jacket. No matter which type of leather jacket or leather jacket accessories a buyer is looking for; eBay offers a great selection of products, where buyers can buy with ease and in complete confidence.


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