How to Clean a White Leather Jacket

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Cleaning a white leather jacket is no different than cleaning any other leather, depending on the soil. If there is extensive soiling or staining, it's likely that you will need to seek professional help in the form of a dry cleaner or professional leather cleaner. If, however, your leather jacket has just been a little neglected, it's simple and affordable to do the cleaning yourself with the following simple steps

Things You'll Need

  • Leather item to clean
  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • Commercially available "saddle soap"
  • Dry soft towels

Step 1

Dampen a towel in warm water and gently rub your jacket, removing all loose soils. Wipe any excess moisture from the jacket.

Step 2

Dip your clean sponge in warm water, and rub into the saddle soap per the package's directions, to create a lather.

Step 3

Rub the sponge with the saddle soap over your jacket, rubbing gently at any soil that was not already removed.

Step 4

Once you have cleaned the entire jacket, use a damp towel to remove any residue from the saddle soap. Any remaining soap on your jacket will attract and collect dirt, and will cause you to require another cleaning.

Step 5

Once you have wiped the coat down to remove any remaining soap, gently rub the coat with a clean dry towel to remove any excess moisture. Hang the coat to dry overnight.

Tip

  • Be sure to clean off all of the saddle soap. Soapy residue will attract soil.

Warning

  • Test clean a small spot on your jacket to ensure that the cleaner will not damage it.

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