Cleaning Leather Clothing

How do you clean leather? I have some older leather jackets and chaps that have mold on them. Is there any way to get them clean?

April from North Henderson, Illinois

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

My son got blood on a new suede jacket, the dry cleaners here sent it to the city and it came back stained. A native aquaintance said wash it and hang it on the line on a windy day. All the stains came out and it looked great.

Editor's Note: This suggestion should be used with caution. The suede may have been a synthetic (which could be washed). Any washing of leather can change the texture. If you want to try it use only cold water.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

Hi April, you might also try, first hang it out in the sun to dry out the mold as much as possible. Then take a soft brush and brush as much of the mold off as you can, and repeat this a few times, until clean.Susan

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

I've had great success tossing leather garments in the washing machine; gentle cycle, cold water, minimal mild detergent. Hang to dry.

Good luck!

Cheers,

Rose Anne

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