While we may all have our favourite leather jackets that we are proud of, or perhaps leather pants that we are glad we got just in time for that leather themed event. Either way, many of us have at least one leather piece if not more that we truly treasure, which is why; taking care of it and maintaining its well-developed patina over the years, is something that is kept under close observation just so that our leather piece may continue looking its best for as long as is possible.
After the thousands of jackets and leather products produced by The Jacket Maker and the continued efforts in developing effortless systems to achieving the most ideal leather pieces in the world, we understand just the same, how important it is to store leather jackets correctly; to ensure optimum usage and durability. Below are a few vital points on items you definitely must have for suitable storage of your leather jackets.
Wide Hangers Please
First off; it is vital to use the correct hangers depending on what type of leather piece you are about to store. For leather jackets for instance, use a wide hanger that is able to properly support the shoulders of your jacket, so it does not droop downwards. Should this happen, your jacket may quickly be misshapen over time. While wire hangers are a big no NO NO!!! Wooden hangers are so much better for this purpose. It is crucial that you hang your leather piece as opposed to folding it as would some people, as this method would only leave you with creases that you won’t be able to ease out in the future. Hence, using a wide hanger is best.
It is important to stuff the insides of your jacket or leather garment with acid-free paper and then close all buttons or zipper closures or perhaps both; if you have them. You could also do the same for the outside of your leather product for extra protection from chemical transfer or other elements that could destroy the leather while it is in storage.
When talking containers, many people have their own take on which types of containers they prefer to use and which work best for them based on experience, which is totally fine with us. However we’d recommend you use anything from fabric bags to wooden trunks and suitcases. By NO MEANS should you even consider using plastic containers for leather storage as this prevents the leather from breathing which is crucial for its longevity. Should there be more than one leather item, make sure each has enough breathing space in between for ideal durability.
Using a good leather conditioner is another key element for correct storage of your leather jacket. This will preserve not only the leather quality but further retain moisture which is a great factor to reach in this process. Apply the leather conditioner using a cotton swab for easy breezy procedure.
No! We’re not talking conspiracy theories, we simply mean that leather storage is best suited to climate controlled area. Any kind of exposure to elements such as heat, sunlight or moisture will definitely jeopardize the quality of your leather. Remember certain product instructions on certain labels that say “Keep in a cool dry place”.
It is not uncommon for some people to seek the help of professionals, even when dealing with leather storage. Chances are your local cleaners may sometimes offer this kind of service which you can go for, if you prefer to let your prized leather jackets be handled professionally.
Tip to Treasure
There have been cases when individuals have done everything correctly to ensure proper leather jacket storage but see that at certain times, their leather pieces seem to change and not in a good way. This is because, it is really important for you to take your leather jackets out of their storage area occasionally so as to extend their life. Leather in general can be stored perfectly for lengthy time-spans but need a certain amount of air every now and then. So simply air them out on occasion and make sure it is safe and sound and super stylish as ever.