Leather jacket are fashion essentials for all. They are durable and highly versatile. But durability requires care and so do your leather jackets. Leather jackets are expensive and you want to keep them in the best condition for as long as possible. Leather jackets require a lot of attention and care. One of this involves their appropriate storage. What do you do with them when it's not cold outside?
There are times when you won’t be needing your leather jacket for some time and it is essential to store it and it is important to do so appropriately. It is crucial to remember the following when storing your leather jackets away for the season
The first and the most important thing is to go through the instructions mentioned on the label of your leather jacket before you begin any cleaning. Instructions about cleaning your leather jacket that are stated help you clean your leather jacket the right way.
They need to be cleaned before storing them. Ensure to remove any stains if any from your leather jackets. You can use a leather cleaner for the purpose. Eliminate any dirt or debris that may be accumulated on the surface by brushing it using a soft and clean brush.
After cleaning your jacket use a leather conditioner on it to keep it soft and supple. Massage the conditioner gently on your jacket. Wipe off any excess cleaner from it.
It is important to store your leather jacket in a place where it will be protected from sunlight, moisture and dust. A closet or cabinet is a good choice because these areas are dark and dry. The best way to store your leather jacket is in a garment bag or coat hanger. You can also purchase a garment bag that has an extra-long rod so that you can hang the jacket on the rod instead of folding it up.
Store it on a hanger that are made particularly for jackets preferably a padded one so that the shoulders don't get creased when you hang it up. Hanging your jacket on a hanger lets air circulate around the jacket. This prevents dirt from collecting on the surface of the garment, which causes stains and damages its fibers.
Damage that can be caused by improper storage
Improper storage of your leather jacket can cause significant damage to it
Leaving them in places where they are exposed to the sun can cause them to dry out, due to the drying of essential oils in them which will lead to cracking and make them more susceptible to tearing.
Storing your leather jackets with other garments can cause them to get wrinkled and lose their shape.
Molds are a common problem with leather jackets. Mold grows on leather jackets when the jacket is left in damp and humid places, like bathrooms or closets. Penicillium and Aspergillus are the most common ones that grow on leather jackets.
Growth of mold can lead to the growth of bacteria and fungus on the leather jackets, with bacteria and fungus the jacket may emit a bad odour.
It is very essential that you store your leather jackets appropriately so that you can make the best use of them and ascertain their longevity. Remember to clean them prior to storing, store them away from sunlight and in a place with proper ventilation away from dampness and humidity. Proper storage will ensure that your jacket is in a pristine condition when you take it out for use again.
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