Leather Care


How to Prevent Your Leather Jacket From Cracking

How to Prevent Your Leather Jacket From Cracking

Leather jackets are recognized for their strength and durability. When properly maintained, they can last for many decades while offering a superior level of aesthetics. Regardless of the style, however, leather jackets may crack if neglected. If you neglect to care for your leather jacket, there’s a chance of it cracking. The surface will dry out, resulting in the superficial layer of grain splitting open. How do you prevent your leather jacket from cracking exactly? Choose Premium Leather The specific type of leather from which your jacket is made can affect its risk of cracking. Not surprisingly, jackets made of cheap and low-quality leather are more likely to crack than those made of premium and high-quality leather. As a result, you should choose a jacket made of the latter type of leather. Jackets made of napa leather offer a superior level of protection against cracking. Napa leather receives its namesake from Napa, California where it was originally created. Like all types of leather, it consists of animal hide. With that said, Napa leather has an ultra-fine grain that manifests in the form of a super-smooth finish. Aside from being soft, napa leather is better protected against cracking, as well as other forms of damage, than its counterparts. Let It Breathe Allowing your leather jacket to breathe can lower the risk of it cracking. Leather is a porous material, and like all porous materials, it needs to breathe. If you place your leather jacket in a sealed bag, this won’t happen. The sealed bag will prevent it from breathing. When placed inside a sealed bag, moisture vapor in the air...
Can You Wear a Leather Jacket in the Rain?

Can You Wear a Leather Jacket in the Rain?

Leather is one of the most durable and versatile clothing materials, and there are several leather jacket models suitable for every season. But what about rainy days? Can you wear a leather jacket in the rain? The short answer is – yes, but you will need to provide your jacket with some extra care to avoid water damage. Wearing Leather in the Rain Whether you live on the east coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, you are bound to experience rain at some point throughout the year.  Thankfully, most garments are designed to withstand moisture, which should come as no surprise if they are labeled as “machine washable”. But leather is unique in the sense that it’s strong, durable yet still susceptible to damage caused by moisture. Exposure to small amounts of moisture shouldn’t cause any major issues. However, when leather is exposed to significant amounts of moisture over a prolonged time period, it can (and will) cause damage. The moisture will settle into the pores, where it can contribute to the formation of mold and mildew — and when this occurs, it’s difficult to fix.  So, what do you need to do to make sure your leather garments are protected from water damage? How Do I Protect My Leather Jacket From The Rain? It’s important to note that, although it has some water-resistant qualities, leather can never be completely waterproof. Because of its permeable nature, when exposed to excessive amounts of water, leather will get wet, and if not dried properly, it can become stiff, or even rot. However, if you condition it properly, you can wear...
How to Soften Stiff Leather

How to Soften Stiff Leather

If not cared for properly, leather can dry and become stiff over time. When this happens, it loses its original look and becomes less comfortable and more prone to cracking, which is something you certainly want to avoid. Read on to learn how to soften leather. How to Soften Stiff Leather? Leather is among the most stylish and versatile fabrics on the planet. Being that it’s made from animal hide and not a synthetic/man-made material, it possesses certain qualities that aren’t found elsewhere. For instance, leather is supple, smooth, and has a natural “grain” that enhances the wearer’s appearance. But it’s not uncommon for certain types of leather to become stiff. This isn’t something that happens overnight, but rather months or even years of usage may stiffen the material to the point where it is no longer comfortable to wear. So, what can you do to soften stiff leather?   What Causes Leather to Become Stiff? Before we reveal the steps to softening leather, let’s first discuss what makes it stiff in the first place. There are a few possible causes of stiff leather, one of which is simply its quality. Not all leather is made equal, as some varieties are made with higher quality hides and craftsmanship than others. Products made with full-grain leather tend to yield the highest quality, simply because the hides from which they are made have not been buffed, sanded, or snuffed, whereas split and corrected-grain leather are two of the lower quality varieties. You can expect to pay more for high-quality full-grain leather, but this is a case in which the mantra “you...
How Sunlight Affects Leather

How Sunlight Affects Leather

Sunlight can take its toll on practically any fabric or garment, and leather is no exception. Leaving your leather jacket outside where it’s exposed to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays day after day will inevitably cause damage. This isn’t something that happens immediately, but constant exposure can and will damage your leather. To learn more about this phenomenon and how to prevent it, keep reading. As you may already know, sunlight contains radiation in the form of ultraviolet (UV) light. This is the same light that’s largely responsible for triggering the formation of cancerous skin cells such as melanoma. UV light is inherently powerful, causing disturbances on a molecular level. But it doesn’t just affect our skin cells. It can also affect leather. UV effect on leather When leather is exposed to UV light over a prolonged length of time, its structure begins to change. The first thing you’ll likely notice is discoloration. The once dark, neutral color of leather will transform into a lighter, more faded color. If it’s exposed to sunlight for long enough, will turn almost white, with a slight tan coloring. This alone isn’t exactly a serious issue that’s going to damage your leather, but it’s just one of the many ways in which sunlight affects leather. As leather remains exposed to UV light, it will begin to dry out. This is due to the fact that UV light evaporates the moisture from it. We’ve talked about this before on our blog, but it’s worth mentioning again that leather is incredibly porous, featuring thousands upon thousands of tiny pores that absorb and release moisture. Sunlight...
How to Use Saddle Soap on Leather?

How to Use Saddle Soap on Leather?

It’s only natural to want your leather to maintain its look and feel for the years to come, and it certainly can. The key to this is caring for your boots, jackets and other leather garments properly, and learning how to use saddle soap in conjunction with the best conditioners. There’s no other material or fabric that compares to the versatility of genuine leather. Whether it’s made of cow’s hide, sheep’s hide or any other common animal hide, leather offers the perfect balance of comfort, style, and durability. Perhaps this is why it remains one of the world’s most widely used materials in the production of jackets and accessories. If you’re thinking about buying new leather pants or some other leather garment, you’ll need to know how to care for it. Leather — like all materials — requires regular maintenance to preserve its original appearance and characteristics. Failure to do so could result in degradation and subsequent shortening of the lifespan of your leather garment. While there are dozens of ways to clean and care for leather, one of the best all-around solutions is to use saddle soap. So, what is saddle soap exactly? And how do you use it on leather? To learn more about saddle soap, keep reading. The Basics Some people assume that saddle soap is designed specifically for leather saddles, but this is a misconception. Granted, as its name suggests, you can certainly use saddle soap to clean and maintain saddles, but this is far from its only application. Saddle soap is perfect for a range of leather products, including, but certainly not limited to:...
7 Reasons to Choose Leather Garments Over Other Fabrics

7 Reasons to Choose Leather Garments Over Other Fabrics

The right fabric can make a world of difference in both the comfort and aesthetics of clothing. Whether it’s a jacket, shirt, pants, dress, etc., you should pay close attention to the fabric from which it was made. Some of the most common fabrics used in the construction of clothing include cotton, wool, silk, polyester, tweed, and leather. Of these fabrics, there’s no better choice than leather, and here’s why. Leather is Classic With leather, you can rest assured knowing that it’s a classic, timeless fabric that’s been used in the construction of clothing for over a century (yes, it’s really that old). Fashion trends come and go; what’s “hot” one year may be gone the next. However, leather remains one of the world’s most popular fabrics for clothing, as it’s used to create to everything from shirts and pants to jackets, leggings and even accessories like belts and bracelets. Regardless of your personal style, you can’t go wrong with a genuine leather garment. The classic nature of this fabric make it the perfect choice for fashion-forward men and women alike. It’s Versatile There are dozens upon dozens of ways in which leather garments can be worn. Some women prefer the sleek and stylish look of a black leather dress, which is a great way to make a fashion statement at parties and events. Leather leggings have also become a popular choice among women. Pairing them with a long blouse will enhance your image in a fun and flirty manner. Guys can also benefit from leather clothing. Leather jackets, shirts and pants are all excellent choices for guys. The...