Leather biker jackets don’t come cheap, so if you’ve bought one, I am sure you’ll want to keep it in the best condition for as long as possible. However, before you avoid spills and damage to that expensive outwear, your first thought should be to learn about things that you shouldn’t do when cleaning your leather jacket. Below we have compiled a list of a few don’ts that should be followed carefully when cleaning and maintaining your leather biker jacket.
1. Do not use any soap or household Cleansers: When cleaning your leather jacket, make sure you don’t use any type of soap or household cleanser, even for removing a spot stain. Since leather is porous in nature, the high PH value of cleaning agents can damage the leather’s entire structure and texture. Also, it’s more likely to get visible cracks and damages when leather is diluted or if you are using soap. And because a leather jacket is something that flexes, ensuring the durability of the leather is very crucial if you want your jacket to serve you for many years to come.
2. Do not use just any random leather treatment product: Today you can find different types of leather available in the market, each with different purposes and different cleaning needs. For instance, if you are using saddle soap to clean your leather jacket, then keep in mind that this product also contains a higher PH and has a lot of oil. So, if you clean your jacket with this product, its high oil content, and PH value will coat the pores of the leather, thereby resulting in trapping the entire dirt together. Plus, high oil cleansers are also slightly alkaline in nature that runs the risk of long-term damage to the base and texture of the jacket.
3. Don’t assume that leather cleaners and leather conditioners are the same: Ideally, a leather cleaning agent will help your leather biker jacket to age well and also avoid cracking, however, you should keep in mind to not use any type of leather conditioner on a dirty jacket or use a conditioning product to clean a leather jacket. Always remember that conditioning agents are very higher in oil and you’ll likely get the same damage as the soap mistake. So, make sure you use soft and dedicated leather cleaner first and then condition it with the right product.
4. Don’t delay cleaning your leather Jacket: Even if you have the best leather cleaner, you’ll still have to be aware of the timing of your cleaning process. This means that if you notice your leather jacket has mud, dirt, and grease, then make it a point to remove them immediately without wasting your time. If you wait, the grease or mud will likely settle into the pores of your jacket, thereby damaging it and making it more difficult to clean.
So, now that you know what not to do when cleaning your leather jacket, follow these points carefully and clean your jacket with the right products timely. Doing all this will ensure that your jacket serves you for good years to come.