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How to clean a leather jacket


Leather jacket care and maintenance 

Aero leather jackets are well known for their durability. Our craftsmanship and the quality of our materials will see your jacket last you the rest of your life if you take proper care of it.

An important part of looking after your leather jacket is knowing the correct way to clean it. To help you out, here is Aero's expert advice on how to clean a leather jacket.


Can I put my leather jacket in the washing machine?

No, you shouldn't ever put your leather jacket in the washing machine.

Not only is there a risk you'll break your washing machine, this also carries a high risk of damage to your jacket. Full grain (especially vegetable tannedleather jackets tend not to be suitable for machine washing. Instead, we recommend cleaning your leather jacket by hand.

Putting your leather jacket in the washing machine removes the natural oils present in the leather jacket that give it its suppleness, causing it to dry out and crack.


How to clean a leather jacket at home

Step one: check

Check the label! The information provided within this blog post is a general guide for cleaning an Aero leather jacket, but different leather jackets have different requirements - always be sure to check the guidance from your jacket's manufacturer. If there is no / limited information, contact your jacket's manufacturer.


Step two: gather your supplies

Before you start cleaning your leather jacket, gather the following items:

  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A mild soap
  • A clean cloth
  • A leather conditioner

Be sure to choose a mild soap that you wouldn't mind putting on your skin (or better yet, use a soap that's specifically designed for leather cleaning).


Step three: brush the leather jacket

Use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the leather. Be sure to brush in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching the leather.


Step four: test the soap

Before you start cleaning your leather jacket, test the soap on a small, inconspicuous area (perhaps an inside-facing part of the jacket, or under the collar) to ensure that it doesn't cause any discoloration or damage.


Step five: clean the leather jacket

Mix a small amount of mild soap with warm water, then dip a clean cloth into the solution. Wring out the excess water and gently wipe the leather in a circular motion. Avoid soaking the leather, as this can cause water damage. Rinse the cloth frequently and change the water as needed.


Step six: air dry the leather jacket

Using a clean and dry cloth, gently blot away any remaining water.

Hang your leather jacket on a thick hanger (such as Aero's purpose-built leather jacket hanger) to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct heat, sunlight and other heat sources that might cause the leather to dry out and crack.

Even if you're in a rush to get your jacket dry, DO NOT use artificial heat (such as from a space heater or a hair dryer) to try and speed up the process as this may damage your leather jacket.


Step seven: condition the leather jacket

After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner (like our Beeswax & Carnauba Neutral Leather Polish) to help restore any lost moisture and prevent the leather jacket cracking. Use a clean cloth to apply the leather jacket conditioner, following the manufacturer's instructions.


Step eight: rock it!

Et voilà - your leather jacket is now ready to be worn!


Can you dry-clean a leather jacket?

Generally, we do not recommend it at all, but some dry cleaners do advertise specialist leather jacket cleaning services. Before you leave your leather jacket with a dry cleaner, be sure to check their credentials and reviews and ensure they are qualified to care for high-quality leather products.


When you invest in an Aero leather jacket, you're getting a jacket for life. We create custom leather jackets that are made to measure, so your jacket will be perfectly fitted to your body. If you'd like to take a look at the wide range of vintage leather jackets we offer, click the link down below.


Custom Leather Jackets


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