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Old 09-03-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Motorcycle Leather Jacket Cleaning tips

Tips especially for the motorcycle enthusiast

I have put together some simple tips for helping add life to the motorcycle jacket. With proper care, motorcycle jackets and chaps will outlast other natural fibers and synthetics, too.-


Treat your leather jacket and chaps with moisture protection.
Topical oils and water resistant dressings can help extend the life of your leather apparel. Most leather biker jackets are black. Some cremes and dressings will stain light colors of leather. Black items will not have this problem. Care should be taken not to over oil and cause a wax buildup. Motorcycle chaps, boots and saddlebags should be protected in a similar manner and will last for years with proper treatment. It is essential to read and follow all instructions when using an 'over the counter' creme or dressing.

Clean up beverage and food spills
in a timely fashion. Spaghetti drippings are much easier to wash off using a mild soapy solution when they are fresh. Finished motorcycle leather is naturally stain and weather resistant. Do not use harsh detergents. Avoiding stains and spills is not always possible.

Wipe all bugs and road grime
as soon as possible. Smog and bugs occur in some environments and become extremely hard to remove when allowed to remain on the garment for an extended period of time.

Salt and Perspiration
should be wiped down periodically. Climates that have snow use salt to control road conditions. Salt also exists in coastal climates. Salt is present in perspiration. We see a lot of leather vests, as well as jackets that have perspiration stains. Topical applications assist with neutralizing salt on leather, but they are not a substitute for professional leather cleaning.

3 years or older
is a good time frame for 'professional leather cleaning'. Our process addresses proper oil levels, correct pH levels,dirty sewn-on patches, rough areas around zippers and cuffs. Our goal is to return the jacket as close to new. Most people get their jackets cleaned after they encounter mildew, extreme wear, intense road grime or salt buildup. Neglect can do more harm to a motorcycle leather jacket than anything.

Hair gels or colognes
should be applied and allowed to dry before a garment is put on. These solutions have a high concentration of alcohol they can cause drying.

Getting Caught in the rain
can scare people unfamiliar with leather care. Simply allow the leather jacket to dry out naturally. Do not try to speed the process up using a heat source, though a fan may be added to assist air movement. The hair drier is definitely out. After garment is dried completely, topical treatment may be necessary. On suede, a kitchen brush or the green side of the yellow kitchen sponge may be necessary. Be careful not to chafe material. A properly oiled garment will repel most moisture.

Lubricate Zippers
will extend the life of the metal zipper parts. A zipper will rarely wear out. It may need lubrication from time to time. At the first sign of sticking, a candle or crayon may be rubbed on the zipper. If the zipper pull becomes bent or worn, it may be replaced at a much lower cost than full zipper replacement. Prevention is an important element of zipper life expectancy. Tears and rips should be addressed in a timely fashion before they get bigger.

Avoid Stickers.
The 'Hello my name is...' is a prime example of an adhesive stain. Most damage occurs when the sticker is removed. By pulling the sticker off, there is often some of the finish that comes off, too. It is best to use a mild degrease like a mineral spirits to loosen the glue first. Plan on re-oiling since the oil levels will be disrupted.

Wear your leather jacket and leather chaps
often. It is much better for the leather than just leaving it for special occasions. A leather that moves around will stay softer and last longer than one that sits in the closet. Always store your leather apparel outside of a plastic bag in a cool dry place. We recommend a cloth cover such as a cotton sheet or pillow case. The cotton will allow the leather to breathe while keeping the dust off. Cedar blocks are helpful in a closet for added insect control.

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Old 09-17-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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Leather Jacket Care

If you own a fine leather jacket then you've probably drawn a few looks here and there because of the style. Unfortunately over time, even a great leather jacket can turn ugly on you if it isn't properly maintained.

Prevention is Your Best Option

When you first bring your leather jacket home, you want to condition and waterproof it. After that, proper care will keep it looking fabulous for years. In fact, did you know that with proper care, leather out wears denim 20 to 1? I've heard stories where a good quality, well maintained leather jacket can last as long as 50 years!

Find out everything you can about your leather jacket, get the right stuff and set aside time for mandatory cleaning. If you don't do it yourself, then pay a pro to clean your leather jacket for you. You can thank me later for that tip!

Leather Jacket Repair

How can you repair the sleeves on your leather jacket when the edges are cracking, without making the leather weak or super soft?

If you have any loose edges, you can actually tack them up with a small dab of rubber cement which is sold at most grocery or retail stores. If the edges are not torn but just starting to look rough, one of the best options is for you to use a combination of mink oil and beeswax.

Typically this concoction is sold as paste, making it easy to apply. While it helps to improve those rough spots, it does soften but not too much. This combination will also help preserve the leather and prevent stains.

Leather Jacket Maintenance and Restoration

One of the top products you can buy for your leather jacket is called Lexol. This brand is excellent for restoring worn leather, bringing it back to its natural state. Another professional cleaner/conditioner is called Fiebing's All Purpose Leather Cleaner and Conditioner. It too helps restore leather that is worn while also helping to prevent water spots, stains, and even cracking.

Another great product that does it all, conditions, waterproofs, preserves, softens, and restores leather is called Snow-Proof. This product has no color or odor and is excellent on leather jackets as well as boots and shoes. Best of all, it will not leave a greasy feel.

Carnauba Cream will also help to restore and smooth out your leather jacket. It helps to resist scratches and finger prints and does a great job of restoration. One other product you should investigate is called Leather Balm with Atom Wax. This particular product was formulated specifically for leather to help with preserving and restoring. It also helps produce a nice soft, natural finish.

I suggest doing some research on these products before settling on one. Type the product name into a search engine and read up on their different properties. Prices and results will vary depending on the application.
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