A leather coat can be a practical and beautiful addition to a wardrobe but cleaning it requires a little extra attention. Tough stains should be cared for by a professional but some home remedies can help with minor issues.
For minor stains on finished leather coats, try gently rubbing them out with a pencil eraser or a dab of rubbing alcohol. Test these remedies in an inconspicuous spot first, though, as leather products vary.
Most leather coats will naturally repel water, particularly if they have been treated with a repellent product. However, if water stains do occur, mix a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Dip a cloth in the solution and gently rub the water stain. Test in an inconspicuous spot first, though.
Many problems can be avoided with proper care. Allow wet leather coats to hang dry in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources. Hang coats in the closet using padded hangers to maintain shoulder shape and, if using garment bags, choose cotton, not plastic. Plastic tends to dry out and discolor leather.
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