Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Washing leather garments

Is there anything more luxurious than a leather garment? Leather used to be less common, the province of motorcyclists and cowboys.  Now there is leather for everyone.  Dresses, tops, tees, skirts, pants, and of course, jackets.  Since designers latched onto it a few years ago, there are also numerous pieces that are trimmed in leather. 

A leather item can be worn a number of times before it needs to be cleaned, particularly if you wear something under it.  Eventually there will come a time when it needs to be cleaned and that can get expensive.  Very expensive, as in over $70 for a simple sleeveless leather tank.  Since the cows stand out in the rain without shrinking or stretching, it got me thinking about the possibility of washing leather.

It turns out I'm not the first person to think of this.  There are actually leather washes available, including this one by Leather Therapy. 

Another getting good reviews is this Moss leather cleaner.
The question is, am I willing to experiment on my leather clothes?  Well, no, but I would give it a try on a thrift store find.  It could be a worthwhile experiment.    


Kcookski said...

Super cool that you found this stuff. I dunno if I'd have the nerve to try it — even after practicing on something from the thrift store. Dyeing processes and how leather is treated varies so much: Could you ever feel safe?!?!

Desert Flower said...

I know what you mean. Even after a successful trial on something expendable, I might still be nervous about washing something I paid $$$ for. The specialty dry cleaning may get to me though!

Sandarella Sandy said...

This wash scares me to no end. I have some nice leather pieces that I don't know how to launder.