Just like any other piece of clothing, a leather jacket can start to look old if not taken proper care of. It is the kind of clothing item that you wear on a daily basis, special occasions, day and night. So in order to bring back that newness in your leather jacket and maintain it for a long time, you must follow some steps from day one.
Dry clean the jacket
The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to a leather product, especially a jacket, is to wash it. Don't do that. Always dry clean your jacket at home or have a professional do it for you. Leather is different from any other fabric and requires specific cleaning ways to maintain the shape and texture.
Avoid too much water and sun exposure
For a leather jacket to maintain its texture and original touch, its important that you keep it away from extreme weather conditions. Too much sun can cause your jacket to lose its moisture and make it stiff that may lead to tearing. Leather is water-resistant to some extent, however, too much water can cause real trouble.
Store it in a plastic bag
Common belief is that leather jackets are for winters because of the heavy material they are made of. So in order to store them during the off-season, always make sure to use a plastic bag. Try not to fold the jacket and place it among other clothes, hanging it in a bag is always a better idea.
Use leather cleaner and conditioner
Using a regular cleaner and cleaning method to clean a leather jacket can prove to be disastrous. Always use products that are specifically made for leather jackets and follow the cleaning procedure i.e. using a damp cloth to clean it. Apply leather conditioner afterwards, it’ll moisturise the leather.
Fix the minor issues right away
If your jacket has a missing button or a broken zipper for a long time, it’s better to have it fixed right away. You can fix these tiny issues on your own but having them fixed by a professional is always a better idea. Don't leave it for the next week, a week might turn into a month and even a year.
By keeping these little things in mind, you can keep your old jacket look brand new. It’s a lifetime investment so treat it well.