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care and cleaning

I bought a 618 Perfecto to wear when I ride and I ride a motorcycle a lot - about 8 months a year. I got it because it is cool and I would like to keep it that way. A certain amount of wear is good, but I will use it hard, and am worried about its care and cleaning, especially about getting it wet. I know it will necessarily take some hits - so how do I best keep it conditioned so it doesn't age any faster than I do? 

Gail on 01/28/13 at 09:11 AM

Your jacket is a Steerhide Leather, we actually recommend nothing to be put on the jacket. If you feel you need to put something on the leather, we would only recommend Saddle Soap for a light cleaning or Mink Oil to keep the leather moist and conditioned. Steerhide leather has a protective finish that is applied at the tannery to the leather.

   Caution: These products may cause shading or cause the leather to darken, this is the reason we do not like to recommend a product for leather. Certain products can cause the leather to become stiff as they are coating the leather. Never use a protect that contains silicone or a water repellent product as this seals the leather. Leather needs to breath, these products will cause the leather to become dry and rot.  When applying any product to leather always test the product first on a none visibly area for any discoloration, shading, spotting or darkening of the leather. Never cover any leather jacket with plastic as the leather needs to breath. If the jacket becomes wet, wipe the jacket down removing the excess water and hang to air dry. In addition we recommend that the jacket be periodically professional clean and conditioned, this helps the leather from drying and the stitches and linings from deteriorating from dirt and sweat. Gail

JimG on 01/28/13 at 09:49 AM

Great information, thanks!

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