How to Remove Mold From Leather Jackets

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Take proper care of your leather jacket to keep it clean and mold-free.
Take proper care of your leather jacket to keep it clean and mold-free.

Leather jackets are timeless, classic staples in any closet. Yet, leather is also notoriously difficult to take care of. Unlike everyday clothing, leather jackets require extra care. Mold can become a problem if you haven't worn your leather jacket in a while. Mold and mildew form in moist, dark areas such as a basement or closet. Jackets stored in these moist conditions can accumulate mold, which can ruin expensive leather. To remove mold from your jacket and keep your leather lasting longer, you will need to clean the jacket properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective face mask
  • Scrub brush
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol or white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Clean cloth
  • Mild soap or saddle soap

Step 1

Hang your leather jacket outside. Removing mold outside prevents mold spores from releasing inside your home. Wear protective gloves and a face mask to avoid touching or inhaling the mold.

Step 2

Remove the mold from the jacket with the scrub brush.

Step 3

Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol or white vinegar with one cup of water. Dampen a clean cloth with the mixture. Wring out excess liquid. "Spot test" the mixture in a hidden area of the jacket to make sure the solution won't discolor your leather.

Step 4

Rub the moistened cloth over moldy spots. The mixture will kill the bacteria that causes mold to grow. Allow the jacket to air dry completely.

Step 5

Wash with a mild soap or saddle soap if the mold still remains. Wipe away the suds and allow the jacket to dry in a well-ventilated area.

Tip

  • Clean a moldy jacket as soon as you discover the problem. Mold is increasingly difficult to clean the longer you leave it.

    Apply a leather conditioner to keep your leather jacket soft and clean, especially during harsh winter months.

    If you decide to dry clean your jacket, make sure the dry cleaners have experience caring for leather garments.

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