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Old 06-12-2013, 01:04 AM   #1
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Leather jacket cleaning?

How many times do you wear your jacket prior to giving it a clean? I've owned it for a bit but I've worn it 4 or 5 times now. I'm considering giving it a clean now and the label says to only have it "professionally washed by leather specialist". Does anyone know any "professional leather clothing cleaning specialists"?
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:45 AM   #2
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I wear my jacket 2 or 3 times before cleaning depending on the season and the bugs that are out there..
Go to the autoparts store..get Maguires leather cleaner in a spray bottle..the stuff works great. cleans up nice and leaves the leather conditioned and looking new. costs about $10..
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:51 AM   #3
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Or you can use saddle soap

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Old 06-12-2013, 11:04 AM   #5
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Ss wont discolor white leather? got a multicolor jacket
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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Ss wont discolor white leather? got a multicolor jacket
I have a set of leathers with white sections and it didn't discolor them
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:45 AM   #8
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I take mine to a shoe hospital, they are faster, cheaper and better than a dry cleaners, js.
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How much they charge, I havent cleaned my jacket at all but it feels dirty when I put it on
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I wear my jacket 2 or 3 times before cleaning depending on the season and the bugs that are out there..
Go to the autoparts store..get Maguires leather cleaner in a spray bottle..the stuff works great. cleans up nice and leaves the leather conditioned and looking new. costs about $10..
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but its all nice and sweaty inside my leather jacket
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:19 PM   #13
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Instead of using leather cleaners made for car seats, I would resort to using leather cleaner for premium leather shoes. Allen Edmonds sells a good leather cleaner/conditioner for cheap, and can be purchased locally:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

However, if you want your leathers really clean and even softer, this is premium shoe cleaner/conditioner I use on my shoes (sometimes my girlfriend's leather bags too). Used Allen Edmonds before, which was a very good product, but this blows AE cleaner/conditioner away. Might be a bit too expensive for some folks:

http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

Either way, I would much rather use these products over car leather cleaners. Thank me later. AE conditioner/cleaner is the best bang for the buck.

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https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-...d=0CLQBEPwSMAA

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Saddle Soap is good for cleaning, but you still need to feed the leathers with conditioner afterward.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #14
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what?!? jackets need to be cleaned?! next thing I know you'll tell me bikes need to be washed too!

As a previous poster said, rain is free

In all seriousness how does all the answers above apply to a per jacket?
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Saddle Soap is good for cleaning, but you still need to feed the leathers with conditioner afterward.
Uh, ok but Kiwi saddle soap "cleans, softens, and preserves"
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Uh, ok but Kiwi saddle soap "cleans, softens, and preserves"
Saddle soap is a traditional glycerin based cleaner, which acts as the softener for your leathers. However, there are much better alternatives out in the market for leather cleaning.

Not to mention, saddle soap is an alkaline cleaner, which is not good for leather apparel due to a different method used to tan these leathers. This is why it is recommended that you completely rinse the leather and follow up with a conditioner after it is dry to moisturize/soften the leather.

All comes down to personal preference. If it works for you, then continue using it. Saddle soap is a good cleaner, but I wouldn't trust it's conditioning/protective properties alone.
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Saddle soap is a traditional glycerin based cleaner, which acts as the softener for your leathers. However, there are much better alternatives out in the market for leather cleaning.

Not to mention, saddle soap is an alkaline cleaner, which is not good for leather apparel due to a different method used to tan these leathers. This is why it is recommended that you completely rinse the leather and follow up with a conditioner after it is dry to moisturize/soften the leather.

All comes down to personal preference. If it works for you, then continue using it. Saddle soap is a good cleaner, but I wouldn't trust it's conditioning/protective properties alone.
Is your background in leather cleaning or soaps?
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