Bring Your Leather Jacket Back To Life In JUST 8 Minutes!

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the leather jacket the ultimate example

of rugged masculine style but did you

know that if you don't take care of your

jacket properly you can send it to an

early grave stains fading and even

cracks will destroy the most well-made

leather jacket but how to take care of

your leather jacket should you run it

through the washing machine then run it

through the dryer wrong don't ever do

that you're gonna ruin your jacket that

way leather has two enemies moisture and

heat if your jacket gets soaked and you

don't dry it out properly you let it sit

you can deal with mold and mildew issues

which will ruin the leather water can

also wash away the natural oils in the

leather and it can make the leather

brittle and prone to crack over time

what about using the heat to dry out the

leather gentlemen if done improperly

heat can cause leather to shrink and can

over dry the leather leading to cracks

using a heat dryer to dry your leather

jacket laying it across a radiator or

even laying it out in the Sun can cause

damage so how to dry a leather jacket if

it's wet one is a wide shoulder hanger

don't try to use a regular hanger it

will damage your leather jacket now when

you hang it up make sure it's got plenty

of ventilation leave it for about 24

hours and it should be dry so now let's

talk about cleaning a leather jacket

because how can you clean a leather

jacket if you can't soak it in water let

me show you

dampen a cotton rag or microfiber cloth

and gently rub it over the leather

jacket to remove any dirt or dust now a

little water won't hurt your jacket

soaking it is what really causes the


protip when using water to clean your

jacket use only distilled water regular

tap water contains minerals that can

cause stains of their own I recommend

giving your jacket a quick wipe down

like this once every month or two to

keep dirt from building up but what if

it's really dirty with you got dirt

caked on the jacket what if it looks

like you need to throw it into the

washing machine nope still don't do it

gentlemen now my favorite product for

cleaning leather is saddle soap it's

gentler on leather and it easily cuts

through dirt and grime now to get

started what you want to do is rub a

damp cloth over the saddle soap to

create a lather

gently rub a thin layer of the saddle

soap over

area that's dirty next remove any excess

soap with a damp cloth and let dry for

10 to 15 minutes protip remember to spot

test any leather cleaning product or

conditioner on a small area of your

jacket preferably in a place that no

one's going to be able to see to check

first staining this is important

gentlemen now if you do decide to give

your entire leather jacket a deep

cleaning only do this once a year

because here's the issue

using that saddle soap you're removing a

lot of the essential oils on the outside

and even some on the inside of the

leather and you're gonna need to replace

that you now need to condition the

leather which by the way I'm gonna cover

later in this video

now what about leather stains leather

stains can be a bit trickier to get rid

of depending on what actually stain the

jacket now stains from food and liquids

can usually be removed at home but a bad

ink stain guys that's gonna probably

require professional help if it's a

fresh stain immediately you want to use

a clean cloth to gently blot as much of

the liquid or grease from the jacket as

possible notice I said blot

not rub in now if the stain still isn't

removed we're gonna level up our efforts

here and we're gonna use simple dish

soap simply mix a bit with water and

then you're gonna use cloth to gently

dab at the stain with the mixture again

we're not rubbing it in we're not

pressing hard now after you've been

dabbing away with that soapy mixture go

ahead and wipe it away with a fresh wet

cloth finally use another cloth to

lightly dry the area at this point

you're gonna let the leather sit and

completely dry for a few hours once

dried check to see if the stain is still

there if so repeat the process again now

if the stains more stubborn it's not

coming out with dish soap you want to

use a stain remover specifically

formulated for leather you can find him

out there tons of brands now every

products gonna have its own set of

instructions for this one right here for

what I'm using it says to apply it with

a sponge and then gently wipe it over

the stain in small circles now wipe the

area with a damp cloth to remove any

excess stain remover and repeat as

necessary until the stain is gone now at

this point gentlemen

if the stain persists

it's time to take it to the

professionals what you're gonna want to

do is call all the dry cleaners in your

area and let them know what the stain is

and that it is in leather and ask them

if they specialize in dealing with

leather products now let's talk about

how to deal with the leather jacket that

has become faded and scratched now

leather jackets are gonna fade and

develop a patina over time that's part

of their charm but too much patina from

neglecting to care for your jacket guys

that just looks unsightly and the worst

part is that some of those deep

scratches if not taken care of can

develop into cracks cracks that can

create holes right in your jacket and

can make the jacket unwearable so the

first step in the defense of your jacket

from becoming faded scratched and

cracked gentlemen leather conditioner

what's the best leather conditioner down

in the description of today's video I am

going to link over to my resources at

real men real style calm where I talk

about different leather conditioners and

I give you more insight into maybe what

you're looking for so to get started use

a soft cloth and apply a thin layer of

leather conditioner over the entire

check paying careful attention areas

like the elbows where the stress of

flexing is more likely to cause cracking

now when you're applying a leather

conditioner you want to apply it in

moderation let it soak for about 20

minutes and if you see you applied too

much remove the excess now when is a

good time to condition your leather

jacket anytime you get caught in the

rain and that jacket gets wet and you

let it dry it out also if you've cleaned

the jacket recently with saddle soap you

want to apply a leather conditioner and

of course don't forget to apply leather

conditioner after you've treated a stain

especially a spot state when you put

that stain remover on there it didn't

just pull out the stain it also pulled

out a bit of moisture now a general rule

of thumb is to condition your jacket

once a year but if you rarely wear the

leather jacket if it sits in your closet

and it's climate controlled

guys once every five years is going to

be fine but what if you wear it all the

time it gets wet or you live in a dry

climate like Arizona guys I would

recommend two to three times a year now

let's talk about recoloring the jacket

you can actually buy special ball in the

color of your jacket let's say you've

got a black leather

it's starting to lose some of its color

it's becoming gray in areas you use this

bomb like a conditioner on the outside

of the jacket again making sure to test

it in a small area and you would be

surprised about what you can do yourself

with these bombs to recolor the jacket

and bring back its natural shine and

look now remember gentlemen when it

comes to these bombs less is more

oftentimes you're going to want to go in

small circular strokes and work the ball

into the lover now these bulbs in

general work rather quick but you're

gonna need to let them dry and then go

over and buff look at the results and

then say hey do I want to apply another

layer maybe you do and then go for it

till you get the color desired and by

the way I've seen guys do this on their

entire jacket when they wanted to make

the jacket a slightly different color

they wanted to take a lighter jacket

make it a little bit darker again this

is something you need to spot check see

how it looks but don't be afraid to have

fun with your jacket and go for a

different look so we've talked about

repair and recovery but what can you do

to protect your leather jacket from the

elements in my opinion one of the best

products out there is a water resistant

silicone spray this right here is going

to do a great job of protecting your

jacket and if you have a suede jacket

this is required otherwise yes one

rainstorm and you can end up looking

like you know Jerry over its side field

yeah you remember that episode we don't

want that to happen to you now to apply

the spray go in light overlapping

strokes until you've covered the entire

garment make sure you're in an area

that's well ventilated and wait about 12

hours until the leather has completely

dried after you've sprayed the silicone

spray on so what video to watch next

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