Practical Guide to Leather Care

Practical Guide to Leather Care | Master Supply Co


Master Supply Co Practical Guide to Leather Care

A quality full-grain leather jacket is a timeless piece that weathers not only the elements but also the test of time. At Master Supply Co, we understand the allure of a rugged leather jacket and the importance of preserving its distinct characteristics. In this comprehensive guide, we discuss tips to maintain and caring for your leather jacket – a commitment to both style and longevity.

General Leather Jacket Care: Do's and Don'ts

Before diving into the specific care routines, let's establish some fundamental do's and don'ts for your leather jacket. Implementing these practices will ensure your jacket ages gracefully and maintains its rugged appeal.


  1. Store Indoors: Shield your leather jacket from direct sunlight and adverse weather conditions by storing it indoors when not in use.

  1. Use Padded Hangers: When hanging your jacket, opt for padded hangers to maintain its shape and prevent unnecessary creases.  In lieu of this, wooden hangers are the next best option.

  1. Allow Proper Ventilation: Ensure your jacket gets ample air circulation to prevent musty odors. Avoid packing it tightly in a closet.

  1. Apply Leather Conditioner: Invest in a quality leather conditioner or protectant spray to create a barrier against water and stains. Apply it before wearing your jacket in unpredictable weather.


  1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the color of your leather jacket. Store it away from windows and sunlit areas.

  1. Keep Away from Heat Sources: Avoid placing your jacket near heaters or radiators, as excessive heat can cause the leather to dry out and crack.

  1. Say No to Plastic Covers: Never cover your leather jacket with plastic, as it can trap moisture and lead to mold or mildew growth.

  1. Skip the Rain Soaking: While leather is durable, it's best to avoid getting your jacket soaked in heavy rain. If it happens, use a towel or absorbent cloth to remove excess water and let it air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area.

Now that we've outlined some fundamental practices for general leather jacket care, let's hop into the detailed steps to keep your Master Supply Co. leather looking its best.

Getting started

To begin it always best to set up a dedicated and dust-free workspace. Whether you choose a table or a coat hanger, a clean environment is crucial for effective leather care. Get your items together: clean cloths, your preferred cleaning product, and a quality leather conditioner. 

Dusting Off the Jacket

Using a soft, damp cloth or a horsehair brush, rid it of accumulated dust and dirt. Pay special attention to seams and corners – those areas where debris and grime tend to converge. This prepares the jacket for addressing tougher areas.

Cleaning for Practicality

Understanding the nuances of your leather is important. Different types demand specific cleaning techniques. Soft leather responds well to a mild soap and water solution; saddle soap is a versatile option for most leather types (excluding roughout). Segment the cleaning process, treating each part with care. Begin small, increasing the cleaning product as needed, and don't forget to wipe the jacket dry with a clean cloth afterward.


As your jacket is exposed to elements it eventually loses essential oils (also during the cleaning process). Introducing a quality leather conditioner becomes a vital step. Apply it in gentle circular motions, starting with a small amount and gradually increasing as needed (a little goes a long way). Wipe off excess conditioner with a clean cloth, allowing the jacket to air dry away from heat sources – preferably overnight. This step ensures your leather stays supple and resilient over time.


Featured Product: Master Supply Co Leather Conditioner

Invest in the longevity of your leather – choose the Master Supply Co Leather Conditioner.  Crafted in proud partnership with the Canadian Beeseal Company, this unique blend of beeswax and natural oils revitalizes your full-grain leather, saddlery, furniture, footwear, gloves, and upholstery. The 150g tin contains a powerful mix of Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Vanilla, and Sandalwood. Not to mention the masculine and appealing scent created by the fusion of the Sandalwood and Vanilla notes.

Key Features:

- Restores and freshens up your leather, making it feel new again.

- Versatile – works on wood, plastic, vinyl, and more.

- Preserves and repels water while allowing your leather to breathe.

Directions for Use:

Apply our Enhanced Leather Conditioner to dry and clean leather using your hands, a rag, or a soft brush. Always buff off the excess with a dry cloth and remember that it may slightly darken some leather. As a precaution, test the product on a small area first.

Lining Cleanup

While the exterior often takes the focus, the jacket's lining plays a crucial role. Mix delicate fabric detergent with warm water and apply it using a soft, damp cloth. Thoroughly clean the lining, with a focus on areas prone to odors (armpits!). Wipe off soap residues, and let the jacket dry, inside out.

DIY vs. Professional 

Consider your options when it comes to maintaining your leather jacket. Professional cleaning costs vary based on jacket size, but our guide gives you the general knowledge to save money by investing a little hands-on effort. Remember, machine washing is a no-go – opt for at-home leather cleaning products instead.

In this guide, we've covered the fundamental principles of general leather jacket care, providing you with an at home approach to preserving the timeless appeal of your jacket. Protect your investment, your leather deserves nothing less and some love and attention will ensure that it stands up through the seasons and through the years to come.

Specialized Care for Roughout Leather Jackets

Roughout leather jackets have a distinct texture and appearance, and their care requires specific attention to maintain their rugged character. Follow these additional steps to ensure your roughout leather jacket stands the test of time:

Stain Prevention:

Brush Regularly: Use a soft brush (horsehair is great) to remove dirt and debris from the roughout surface. This prevents particles from settling into the leather and causing stains.

Apply Water Repellent: Utilize a water repellent spray specifically designed for roughout leather. This protective layer helps prevent water stains and ensures your jacket remains resilient in various weather conditions.

Seasonal Storage:

Climate-Controlled Storage: During seasons when you won't be wearing your roughout leather jacket, store it in a cool, dry, and climate-controlled environment. Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity.

Use Breathable Covers: If covering your jacket for an extended period, use breathable fabric covers instead of plastic. This prevents moisture buildup and allows the leather to breathe.

Cleaning and Conditioning:

Spot Cleaning: Address stains promptly with a damp cloth or sponge. Gently dab the stained area without rubbing to avoid damaging the texture.

Use a Mild Soap Solution: For deeper cleaning, create a solution of mild soap and water. Dampen a clean cloth and gently wipe the entire jacket, focusing on stained or soiled areas. Avoid excessive moisture to prevent water damage (always spot test in a inconspicuous area).

Allow Air Drying: After cleaning, let your roughout leather jacket air dry naturally. Keep it away from heat sources to maintain the integrity of the leather.

Condition with Caution: While conditioning is essential, choose a product specifically formulated for napped leathers / roughout leather.  Select a conditioner specifically formulated for suede, nubuck, or roughout leather. These conditioners are designed to penetrate and nourish the leather without flattening its texture.  Apply or mist a small amount and test on an inconspicuous area before treating the entire jacket. This ensures compatibility and prevents unwanted changes in texture or color.  

*Please note that our Master Supply Co. Conditioner is not formulated for napped leathers. 

Caring for your leather is not just a routine maintenance task; it's an investment in their longevity and timeless appeal. By following the simple yet effective tips discussed, you can ensure that your leather remains in great condition for years to come. Remember, regular cleaning, conditioning, and protection are the keys to preserving the natural beauty and durability of your Master Supply Co. leather.

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