Caring for Your Leathers
Proper care is important to the longevity of your motorcycle leathers. Neglected leathers can dry and rot while well cared for leathers will increase in beauty as they age.
The basic idea behind leather conditioning is to replace the natural oils that the leather loses during daily wear. These oils lubricate the leather, keeping it supple, and repel water and dirt which can break down the integrity of your leathers.
How often you treat your leathers depends on how hard and how often you ride. We normally recommend treating your leathers every 3 - 4 months of active riding. However, if conditions are harsh you may find it necessary to condition your leathers more frequently. As an example, if you are caught in a hard downpour while riding with little protection from the elements you may wish to condition your leathers after they dry to replace oils that were lost. Also, if you ever notice that your leathers feel dry or stiff, it is a sign that they need to be conditioned. It is best to avoid letting them reach that state. Hopefully you will develop a schedule for caring for your leathers that is that complements your riding habits.
First, clean your leathers before you condition them. Never condition dirty or wet leathers. If you do, the conditioning oils will trap the water and dirt in the leather causing it to degrade faster. If your leathers are not noticeably soiled, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth and let them dry at room temperature overnight. If your leathers need a more thorough cleaning we recommend using a well-known cleaner such as LEXOL-pH Leather Cleaner. Once cleaned, allow your leathers to air dry completely at room temperature before you condition them.
Next, choose a conditioner based on your riding needs. For most people we recommend LEXOL Leather Conditioner and Preservative. LEXOL products will provide good waterproofing for your leather apparel.
NOTE: Although LEXOL is widely accepted as a treatment for leather, there are certain leathers for which it is not suitable (e.g., napped leathers, such as suede or glove soft leather, which call for treatment with lighter lubricants)
For best results, always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using cleaners and conditioners.
Gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth. Winter salt will stain your leather, so you will want to wipe it with a clean, damp cloth as soon as possible and allow it to dry naturally. For more serious stains, we recommend you consult a professional leather cleaning service. Do not use a Dry Cleaner for your leathers, as normal dry cleaning methods will remove essential oils, causing the leather to crack, fade and shrink. A cleaner who specializes in leather care will know the proper methods to clean and condition the leather.
Care When Wet:
If your leather becomes wet, allow it to dry at room temperature. (Never put leather in the dryer.)
Store your leather coat or jacket on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain its shape. Store your leather in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place. Avoid hot areas, such as attics; or damp areas, such as cellars. Cover your leather with breathable cloth, like cotton sheets, when storing. Avoid using plastic bags for coverings, as they will cause excessive drying.