Leather is a great winter option when the season starts turning colder, wetter, and generally more unpleasant. It offers excellent thermal protection combined with water resistance and a timeless, masculine look that’s difficult to beat. However, what should men do when it comes time to care for their leather? It’s important not to neglect any care during the winter season, since the season doesn’t usually present the most favorable wearing conditions.
Don’t Care for Rain or Spills
Accidents happen and the winter’s precipitation means it’s not unusual for leather jackets to find themselves in snow storms, freezing rain, or other wet conditions. A man might even find himself spilling a drink on it at the office Christmas party, too. Unfortunately, too many of us are guilty of trying everything in our power to get the dampness off of the jacket as soon as possible. A leather jacket doesn’t belong in a tumble dryer or in the presence of a hair dryer.
All spills or downpours should be gently blotted with a clean towel, then left to air dry in a place where plenty of natural light and air circulation will help the jacket to dry on its own. Exposing the jacket to artificial heat will cause the natural fibers to crack and fade, which will quickly cause a leather jacket to deteriorate.
Use Rubbing Alcohol on Stains
Rubbing alcohol is a good partner for dealing with ink stains and other general oily, greasy spills that a leather jacket might be exposed to over time. Yes, it will require guys to use a bit of elbow grease, but pairing isopropyl alcohol with a plain white cloth will deal with the majority of fresh spills. It’s important not to become too forceful as leather has a tendency to fade under pressure. If a stain is truly worked into the leather, then it is best to leave it to the experts and take the jacket to a dry cleaner.
Use Leather Conditioners
When it comes to the wet weather, it is important to use leather conditioners throughout the winter season. These will help soften and protect the leather to enhance its water repelling properties and allow the jacket to retain its resistance throughout the season. These usually aren’t necessary for brand new jackets, which will have these conditioners already in the fabric to help protect the jacket against the roughness of shipping.