Extra Tips For Conditioning Your Leather Jacket
The best leather jackets are worth the extra bit of care to keep them looking - and feeling - great. Conditioning the leather is a big part of that, and using a leather conditioner is a crucial practice.
A good conditioner will lubricate the leather fibers, protect the surface of the leather from stains, and enhance the development of a beautiful patina. Different types of conditioning creams and oils have unique results. Conditioning creams will nourish and moisturize the leather fibers with minimal color change, while conditioning oils (such as neatsfoot oil, mink oil, and lanolin) all have unique coloring effects and surface qualities.
When using leather conditioner:
1. Be sure your leather jacket is clean and free of dust and dirt before you begin.
2. Do not apply the conditioner directly onto the leather. Instead, place the conditioner on a clean, lint-free cloth.
3. Spot test the conditioner in an inconspicuous place on your jacket, and allow it to sit for an hour to be sure you’re happy with the effect it produces.
4. Using a circular motion, rub the conditioner over an entire panel or section of the jacket at a time, working your way through all of the leather.
5. After applying the conditioner, gently buff the leather surface with a soft, dry cloth.
6. Allow the jacket to air dry before wearing it or storing it, and do not use direct heat to try to speed up the drying process.
How often you need to condition your leather jacket will depend on your climate. If you live in an arid climate - or if your jacket is often in the sun - you’ll want to condition every couple of months. If your climate is more humid, every 6 months to a year will be sufficient.
More than anything, always remember to test your leather conditioner in a small, inconspicuous area to be sure you are pleased with the effect. Do this before every application, as the leather may respond differently over time.