Caring for Your Leather Coat

A leather coat is an expensive investment, and one you don’t want to waste. Leather coats for men, women and children require careful maintenance and care if you want them to last for many years. By taking good care of your coat, you can be assured it will look like new today and twenty years from now. Here are some tips on maintaining your leather coats and clothing:

Sealant

This is the most important step in caring for your jacket. A quality waterproof sealant will protect it from rain, stains, and other elements. Leather is prone to stains from water and moisture, and if any exposed part of your jacket is subjected to water, it can ruin the entire look. Sealants are available for purchase at most stores that sell leather products. If you’re unsure of what brand to use, ask your leather consultant or sales rep for advice.

Even when you have sealed your jacket, it’s best if you do not expose it to water or rain. If you know the weather is going to be wet or slushy, you might want to choose another jacket to wear.

Manufacturer’s instructions

This is also incredibly important. The manufacturer knows best on how to care for the garment, and they will include a tag with detailed instructions. Again, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your sales rep for further details.

Most leather jackets will need to be dry-cleaned. Make sure you take it to a reputable cleaner who is experienced in cleaning leather, as the process is different from cleaning other clothing items.

To keep it looking fresh and clean, hang it up between uses; tossing it on the back of a chair or in a corner will make it look crumpled and can cause cracks and creases over time.

Stain Removal

Wipe off dirt, dust and grime with a damp cloth. If the stain doesn’t come out, you’ll have to have it dry cleaned. Never apply a damp cloth to a jacket that hasn’t had sealant applied. Most stains will need to be professionally removed.

To prevent cracking, apply a conditioner to the exterior of your jacket. Always try a test patch first, to prevent discoloration.

Leather coats for men, women and children are a classy and sophisticated addition to any wardrobe. Maintaining them properly will make sure they last for years to come. After all, a leather jacket isn’t just a piece of clothing – it’s an investment.

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