How to Straighten Wrinkled Leather

Leather, made most commonly from the skins of cows and goats, is a controversial but ever popular material that is used to make jackets, purses, boots, belts, couches and many other products. It is by nature a very temperamental material and can be fussy and stubborn, to say the least. Leather can become wrinkled for a variety of reasons, and there are a number of different methods for straightening the wrinkles out of your favorite leather product.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron

  • Cloth rags

  • Blow dryer

Step 1

Steam the wrinkles out of your leather by hanging the leather in the bathroom with you when taking a hot shower. Take the leather after it is steamed and lay it flat on a surface such as a table or ironing board. Smooth out the wrinkles from the leather with your hands, massaging the material.

Step 2

Iron out the wrinkles from the leather. Do not put a hot iron directly on the leather. Instead, put the iron on the rayon setting and use a cotton cloth as a buffer between the iron and the leather.

Step 3

Use a blow dryer and carefully work the dryer over the wrinkled areas. Be sure not to touch a hot dryer directly to the leather.


Treat your leather with a mild soap or a damp cloth, patting the surface with a soft cloth afterward. Try dusting it with baby powder, which will serve to seal the pores and make the leather shine again. Try hanging a wrinkled leather garment from a sturdy hanger for an extended period of time. Many leather garments will straighten out on their own.

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