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3 Steps to Cleaning Your Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Cleaning a motorcycle leather jacket regularly is an important process to keep it looking its best. Leather packages, boots, trousers, and jackets can cost thousands, so it can take a little extra time and effort to help maintain a beautiful finish. 

3 Steps to Cleaning Your Leather Motorcycle Jacket

A high quality leather jacket can easily begin to dry out and break if proper care is not taken. The process of cleaning and conditioning motorcycle gear is actually quite easy. Plus, well-groomed jackets are more resilient, making them more comfortable to wear and easier to put on and take off. The ideal time to clean a leather motorcycle jacket is once every 3 or 4 months.

What is involved in the cleaning process?

Initial cleanup

Before starting the cleansing process, you want to find a comfortable place to hang your skin. Use a coat hanger and make sure there is enough room to work. Start the cleaning process with a bowl of hot, soapy water. Stay away from harsh detergents or cleaning fluids, and instead use a mild soap similar to a shower gel. Wipe the jacket well with a microfiber cloth or similar to make sure it is completely clean.

Let it dry

Once the jacket is completely clean and all signs of dirt have been removed, leave it in an open area to let it dry on its own. Don't use a dryer, hairdryer, or other heating device to speed things up. Heating leather clothing can increase the risk of the material shrinking, cracking, or cracking.

When the jacket is dry, you are ready to begin the conditioning step. It is always important to complete the initial cleaning to remove dirt. If you go straight to conditioning, there is a risk of trapping the dirt, which can create a pretty scary look.

Apply conditioner

Use a high quality leather conditioner that easily penetrates into the skin to ensure it works well and provides long-term protection. Massage the preferred conditioner all over the jacket using your hands or a dry cloth. Pay special attention to the stitches and stitches, as these areas are more likely to crack or rot at a later date. After a good coat has been applied, allow the jacket to dry overnight. At first, the leather may feel a little oily, but once the conditioner is fully absorbed, it will look great.