David Edricks Contributes to Womens World Article-How To Clean A Leather Jacket: Less is More

The Astonishingly Easy Way to Restore Faded Color to a Leather Jacket — and Deep Clean It At Home

Our jaws dropped when we learned how easy leather restoration can be!

You can’t go wrong with a leather jacket. Stylish, versatile and oh-so-durable, a leather jacket is an essential that looks cool while keeping you warm. These jackets can last for decades, but if you’ve had a leather jacket in your closet for a while, you may feel unsure about how to clean it. Sure, you can bring it to a dry cleaner, but a professional cleaning will run you between $35 and $100. It may surprise you to learn that you can actually clean your trusty leather jacket at home. It’s easier than you might think, and you don’t even have to do it often. Here are pro tips for the best way to clean a leather jacket.

For a basic leather cleaning: Use saddle soap

While you can’t put leather in the washing machine or dryer, you can still clean a leather jacket at home, provided it’s not too dramatically stained or damaged, assures David Edricks, who’s owned Edricks Fine Drycleaning in Farmington, Connecticut, for nearly 40 years. “The first thing you want to do is use saddle soap,” he explains. Originally made for horse saddles, saddle soap works on pretty much any leather product — even if you’re not a cowgirl!

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