How to Care for Your Leather Clothing

Leather lingerie and other clothing can stay beautiful for years. It is important, however, you take some basic steps to protect your investment.

Leather is a natural skin and will mold if it is not exposed to air. So, never store your leather items in a plastic garment bag or airtight container. It is best to place it on a hanger in a well ventilated place and cover it with a cloth or sheet if you are concerned about dust. Keeping it on a hanger will also help the item keeps its shape. If it does get wrinkles and you must use an iron, be sure to put the iron on the lowest setting. Never use steam and put a heavy cloth or other material between the garment and the iron. Be very careful not to overheat your leather or you could ruin the item.

Most cleaners offer professional leather cleaning. This is a good option if you need to have an item deep cleaned or if it has bad stains. This option is not necessary for small stains or occasional cleaning however. You can use a common leather cleaner like saddle soap for this. You can also use a leather polish in between cleanings to keep your garment looking like new. It is safe to wipe down smooth leathers with a damp cloth to remove light dust. However, never expose your leather garment to extreme wetness or put it in a washing machine.

If your leather lingerie or clothing does get wet, allow it to air dry and do not expose it to heat. Once it dries, applying some type of leather conditioner is recommended to ensure it stays supple. If you are concerned and know your leather clothing will likely get wet, you can apply a water repellent as a preventative measure.

Leather clothing is a beautiful addition to your wardrobe and it can be worn any time of the year. Leather is a breathable fabric that is not overly hot if worn in the summertime and provides warmth in colder conditions. With the proper care, your leather lingerie and street wear will provide you with years of 'like new' wear.

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How to Care for Your Leather Clothing

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