How To Clean Your Old Faithful Leather Jacket

We know that you and your leather jacket have been through thick and thin. Countless first Tinder dates, a gazillion gigs and more nights out than we’ve had hot dinners. It’s a constant in your wardrobe that pairs perfectly with any outfit: summer or winter, night or day. Whether it’s makeup around the collar, a pizza sauce stain on the sleeve or just in some general need of TLC, these steps make sure you have no doubts about how to clean a leather jacket.

First things first

The good news is that you probably already have the items you need to clean your leather jacket. And if you don’t, not to worry – they’re much cheaper than the cost of a new leather jacket!

You will need:

  • A clean, dry cloth
  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Fabric spray
  • Leather cleaner (optional)
  • Leather wipes (optional)

Next step – cleaning your leather jacket!

Cleaning a leather jacket should always be done by hand, but it’s not as tricky as you may think. When washing the outside of your jacket, use circular motions to wash away any dirt, dust or stains. You can use specialist leather wipes or warm soapy water and a clean sponge or cloth – just try to be gentle and use a small amount of water to avoid damaging the leather!

To wash the inside, turn the jacket inside out and lay it out on a clean surface. Use a small amount of warm soapy water on a clean cloth and wipe the lining to remove any stains. Usual areas to pick up stains are around the collar and cuffs so pay extra attention to these areas.

Next, hang the leather jacket and leave it to air dry inside out. This will help it to keep its shape. 

Important things to remember whilst cleaning your leather jacket

  • Hang the leather jacket on a clothes hanger whenever you’re not wearing it, so that it keeps its shape
  • Try to hang in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight to avoid bleaching or mould developing
  • Waterproofing your leather jacket can be a good idea to ensure that it is less susceptible to stains and damage as it forms a barrier to protect the leather
  • Special stain remover or leather conditioner is great for cleaning and protecting your leather jacket, but be sure to test on a small, discreet area first
  • In order to keep your leather jacket looking fresh all of the time, clean with a wipe or damp cloth weekly or fortnightly to keep on top of the dirt
  • For extra freshness, try spraying the lining with scented fabric spray and leave to dry before wearing.


Now you’re equipped with all the information you need to clean your old faithful leather jacket. If you’ve not taken the plunge with owning a trusty leather jacket yet, our jackets collection is full of versatile fits. Plus, no leather jacket look is complete without a pair of chunky black boots.

Remember, these steps can also be used on all faux and real leather clothing, from leather pants to leather skirts – so you can give a new lease of life to every corner of your wardrobe!

Mia Babb
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