Clean your motorcycle leather jacket

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Clean your red leather jacket with these handy D.I.Y Tips 


A leather motorcycle jacket is expensive and a prized asset - it gets dirty like anything else. No need to take your leather jacket to a dry cleaner that will charge a fair amount to clean.


Leather jackets are great for protection and it makes a great fashion statement. They’re expensive, though, and costly to clean since you can’t throw them in the washing machine with your jeans. You can clean your biker jacket at home and keep it looking good without the need for expensive bills. Rather save for the next Big Bore motorcycle accessory.


Here’s how to go about cleaning a leather jacket.


Clean spills on the leather jacket immediately with a soft cloth. Leather is porous and absorbs liquids, causing a stain to form. Sharp objects can scratch leather jackets so be careful.


Don’t use ammonia or bleach-based cleaners to clean leather jackets. These chemicals damage the finish and cause the leather to get dry or even crack. Don’t use too much water, either, as it can stain the leather.


Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the jacket. You can also make a cleaning solution of one part vinegar to one part water. Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the cleaning solution. Dry the jacket with a towel.


How to remove stains from your leather motorcycle jacket.


Baking Soda


Remove oil or grease stains by sprinkling baking soda on the stain. Rub with a damp cloth and allow to sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth and dry with a soft towel.


Rubbing Alcohol


Want to know how to clean mold off leather? Mix one part rubbing alcohol with one part water. Dampen a cloth with the alcohol solution and wipe on the affected area. Wipe clean with another damp cloth. This will also remove mildew.



Use your finger to apply non-gel toothpaste to the stain. Rub with a soft cloth, till stain lifts. Do not scrub or you could scratch or discolor the leather. Wipe the toothpaste off with a clean, damp cloth.


Nail Polish Remover


Get rid of ink stains and scuffs by blotting the area with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Don’t rub the spot or you could make the ink spread. Blot until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.


Now that the motorcycle leather jacket is clean, apply a leather conditioner. This protects the leather from drying out and cracking - makes it resistant to future stains. You can make your own leather conditioner by mixing one part vinegar to two parts linseed oil. Apply to leather, let sit for about 15 minutes, and buff with a soft cloth until the leather shines. Knowing how to clean leather will make your leather jacket look great and last longer.


The Big Bore club wishes you many happy miles in your prized motorcycle leather jacket.




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