by Jennifer Smith September 17, 2019 5 min read

How to protect a leather jacket – A brief guide

“And look at the boys in leather jackets

Second-skin, not fade away

Danger girls love leather jackets

Playback to back, and that'll be the day

Leather jackets that'll be the day.”

The hit “Leather Jacket” by Elton John turned 33 years old this year - roughly the same amount of time a good quality leather jacket will last you.

A leather jacket is an investment fashion piece that you can wear over and over for years to come. Ever since it first entered the fashion industry in the early 1900s, the leather jacket has been one of the world’s most favorite things to wear.

When you are buying a leather jacket, you know that you will be using it for decades, rocking it with a variety of different outfits, and managing to look stunning in everything you pair it with. Such versatility of a garment makes it a safe piece to invest in, as you know that you will be getting the full value of your leather jacket by wearing it all the time.

But over time and with extensive use, a leather jacket may lose its original shine and splendor. As it gathers dust, dirt, and grime, it might start looking more and more unsightly - not giving off quite the same dapper look that it did which made you fall in love with it at first sight on the clothing rack.

Unless you have gotten your leather jacket from the online store at Leather Skin Shop, the chances are that the purchase left a considerable dent on your bank account. For something that you have paid such good money for, you certainly cannot afford to see it losing its characteristic glow. This is why you need to learn the rights ways as to how to protect a leather jacket.

Taking proper care of your favorite leather jacket can extend its natural life by years, while also making sure that it looks brand new every time you need to dress to impress. In this blog, we will discuss how to take care of the different varieties of leather jacket that you will find at the Leather Skin Shop, and things to follow to get the most out of your favorite leather jacket.

Preserving the 100% genuine, premium quality leather of a motorcycle leather jacket


When you are using your leather jacket to protect you as you race your motorcycle on the highway, you are bound to get your leather jacket more than a little dusty. For a motorcycle jacket, you are not merely just concerned about how it looks, but also on the performance. If you do not know how to protect a leather jacket adequately, your motorcycle jacket is not far from losing its functionality along with the aesthetic appeal.

If the leather of your jacket starts drying up and cracks, it will not be able to protect you to its full potential in the unfortunate event of a crash. To prevent this from happening, you must make sure that you are using the right cleaning products for the outside layer - the part of the jacket you will be most invested in saving. It is important to remember that cleaners that contain silicones and waxes can cause the leather to dry out.

The tricky maintenance of a heavily embellished, statement leather jacket

Now let’s move on to a much more delicate style of a leather jacket - a heavily embellished, studded, punk rock leather jacket like the one above which is available at Leather Skin Shop. A fancy jacket like this is more difficult to clean if you want to preserve the shine of the characteristic studs as well as the sheen of the leather itself.

Fortunately, all studded jackets at Leather Skin Shop are manufactured using only the best quality metals, so you do not have to worry about the studs getting rusted. You can easily clean studded Leather Skin Shop leather jackets just like you would clean any plain leather jacket.

Tackling the sweat and the smell

But with the rocker chic look, this jacket affords you; you will never want to take it off. Wearing your jacket for long hours at a time will unmistakably result in you sweating into the inside lining. This sweat can not only make your jacket smell funky, but it can also damage the beautiful material of your leather jacket. For this, you can use three methods.

The first way to tackle this problem is by removing the inside lining of the jacket and throwing it in the wash - pretty standard stuff.  However, if your lining is attached to the jacket, there are two more ways to how to protect a leather jacket from sweat and odor.

For a quick fix, just turn your garment inside out and spray a little Febreze over it for a jacket that smells fresh and crisp. If this still does not solve the problem, then we recommend going in with a de-salter and spraying generously all over the inside lining of your leather jacket.

Cleaning and maintaining the vibrant color and the groovy print of a faux leather jacket

Last but not least, we will discuss how to preserve the fresh color of the jacket when attempting to clean it. For this, there are a couple of rules you must know before you get started with the cleaning.

Number one: using cleaning products which have animal oils can cause your gorgeous leather jacket to discolor. Steer clear of all such cleaners and conditioners.

Secondly, you need to pay attention to the technique you are employing when cleaning the jacket. Make sure that you are using a piece of soft cotton cloth to rub out any stains, dirt, or grime off of your jacket. When using the product, make a point of applying cleaner to the cotton rag and then cleaning the jacket with it rather than applying it directly to the jacket.

The final word

There are hundreds and thousands of cleaning products marketed to leather products enthusiasts in the market. However, not all of them are right for whatever leather jacket you own. To make sure that you are not damaging your leather jacket in the process of cleaning it, you need to carefully read the cleaning instructions - both on the cleaners and conditioners, as well as whatever leather product you are trying to clean.

Have you got any more insights into maintaining a leather jacket? What products have you been using on your leather jackets? Comment down below and let us know.

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