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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By SIRIS (Guest Post)
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.

By (Guest Post)
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

March 26, 20071 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!


Rose Anne

May 28, 20170 found this helpful

Do not wash real leather in a washing machine. NOT GOOD FOR LEATHER! There's lots of leather cleaners out there in your neighborhood hardware stores.

November 16, 20170 found this helpful

I have been washing leather coats in the washing machine for years as I buy them at thrift stores to reuse the leather. Some come out better than others, and some are too nice to cut up. Dry cleaners use toxic chemicals, which no animal ever used to get clean. Sometimes the leather will be a bit stiff, but easily softened by working it. I also wash my leather gloves and slippers by hand and shape them as they dry.


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