A quality, well-made coat or jacket will make you feel warm and comfortable throughout the winter. If your coat does not fit well, or in some other way is not flattering, you need to have it altered so as to achieve a better fit. Often, though, the problem is that the coat is not purchased correctly, and as a result it is hard to know how to alter it to fit better – that is, if it is leather or fur.
Leather and fur do not need to be cleaned as frequently as others, especially those that are not of a high quality. The greater the portion of by weight of the fur or leather, the less cleaning it will need. Some types of fur, like beaver (which has a high main thread count) require very little maintenance, as the fabric is not as susceptible to damage from both abrasion and moisture.
Fur, by comparison has a lower main thread count, and cleaning must be more intensive. In the case of beaver, the softer the fur, the less sensitive it is to both abrasion and moisture, the more maintenance it needs. Other fur, such as fox, need specialized cleaning methods.
Leather jackets are less sensitive than many other jackets are, and can be cleaned with a brush or a damp cloth. With a maximum of two to three percent by weight of leather being used in a jacket, it needs less maintenance than other materials.
Leather will dry stiff due to the combination of moisture and heat, and must be conditioned before it begins to regain a softness. Many leather jackets are conditioned once a year, depending on the care and age of the leather. The two most common forms of leather conditioning are conscious drying methods, in which the moisture is locked into pores on the leather surface, and moderate use of a leather conditioner, which adds moisture to the leather surface through tiny spaces.
Heavy, thick coats must be dried out to be able to be cleansed. Many owners do just that – they dry out their heavy, heavy coats to make sure it remains supple. However, as is the case with leather, a stiffer leather jacket will require more care, especially if it is to be worn in rain or snow.
Conditioning leather can be done on its own, or in the presence of a protecting agent, such as a leather conditioner and protector. These products can be found in a jewelry or accessory store – or they can also be purchased online.
There are also a few fairly new petroleum-based products on the market that are designed to protect and protect your leather jackets, including a leather protector and weatherproof. While these products may not have the special added benefits of products like leather conditioners or protectors, they do provide an extra layer of protection and keep your jacket lasting longer.
Most leather products can be cleaned by just plain water. However, if the leather product is exposed to water, chemicals, and other hazards, it needs to be washed carefully with a specialized cleaning agent. Simply coating the leather with a protecting agent once every two months will add enough protection to keep it looking good, and should help to deter the need for replacement.