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Thread: Machine washing and drying a leather jacket.

  1. #101


    I'm considering warm water soaking the sleeves in my RO Moto jacket witch are bit too loose. Any pointers on doing that?

  2. #102


    Add a bit of salt; some sliced potatoes; a few chicken bones: Baby, you've got a stew going.

  3. #103


    Quote Originally Posted by eleven crows View Post
    Add a bit of salt; some sliced potatoes; a few chicken bones: Baby, you've got a stew going.
    No onions? ;)

  4. #104


    Quote Originally Posted by asdf123 View Post
    I'm considering warm water soaking the sleeves in my RO Moto jacket witch are bit too loose. Any pointers on doing that?
    same question here

  5. #105


    Okay so I thought Iíd share my washing machine success story here tooÖ

    As a bit of background: A few years ago my girlfriend and I tried hand washing my leather jacket (mainly because the lining needed cleaning). It is a distressed cowhide motorcycle jacket. The result was a complete disaster. When the leather dried it was stiff and cracked and misshapen, it felt thin and hard like paper. It also smelled worse than ever because it took so long to dry naturally that it developed a mildew smell. There were also a few spots where the colours ran. It was basically ruined and unwearable.

    I tried some products to rejuvenate it, but they didnít work. After further reading online I came across some more products to repair and recolour leather, but nearly all required the leather to be clean and free of chemicals first. So after reading this topic, I figured I had little to loose by throwing the jacket in the washing machine. As I had already resigned myself to the idea that I would probably end up having to bin it.

    So I turned it inside out, and put it in at 40 degrees, with ordinary washing powder. I squeezed some nice smelling shower gel into the draw in place of conditioner, and set it to rinse twice.

    I wasnít really sure what to expect when I took it out again, but I was astounded when I saw it. It looked really clean like new, and the spots where the colours had run, were almost completely washed out. So next I threw it in the tumble dryer on cool (which is still actually quite warm). I was paranoid about it shrinking, so I took it out every 10 mins and put it on to check. However I didnít experience any shrinking at all from the dryer.

    The jacket looks really beautiful now, almost like new, and is much softer than before. It doesnít actually need any further treating. I could wear it as it is. However it is quite old, so I ordered some mink oil and Iím going to give it a light rub with that, I think then it will be like new.

    I donít know why it didnít shrink, perhaps because I have worn it in rain so many times, it is hard to say. Iím also not sure why it got so much softerÖ Maybe to do with the tumble dryer, or the chemicals being rinsed out. But Iím not complaining. Itís so good to have my jacket back. Thank you OP

    I took some photos, but they are not very good. I will try and post some more after I apply the mink oil.

  6. #106


    That is one ugly jacket. Each to their own of course, but you might be on the wrong forum. :)
    Suede is too Gucci.

  7. #107


    I washed few leather jacket before, ruined 1 and have found that lamb is the most washable leather. I'd like to wash kangaroo in the future as well. Here is my recipe:

    - Oil the jacket one night before
    - Pre-soak the jacket in warm water, if machine wash, only use the biggest front load at laundry shop. When I need to clean the lining, I use baby soap or with some oxyclean (in case for dirty garment) prior machine washing - don't forget to wipe them off as much as possible.
    - When it's done, hang it air-dry (place not too much sunlight) and spray oil or leather conditioner several times for a few days before try on.
    - I also suggest to have some leather dye, several conditioner, leather oil and tanning chem in cases of ugliness.

  8. #108


    I just completely ruined a garment for the first time... I tried washing my Ann lamb leather in a machine, hoping that it would shrink around 1,5 size. The leather was completely desecrated, and the jacket will now fit my little cousin (aged 5) snuggly. I'm glad I tried this with a garment I did not care much about, but it was a beautiful garment nevertheless and it's a shame it ended so ingloriously. Anyway, I would recommend to everyone to be more patient than me and just dip their jacket in cold water first to see how the leather will react, instead of going for the full warm machine wash.
    ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
    Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

  9. #109


    how big is this cousin

  10. #110


    I wash my poor leather jacket in washing machine at 60į and dry it with the sun, the leather become better. The jacket shrink a little bit and fit better, the leather become "smooth" and remove all the shining. I will take picture ASAP.

  11. #111


    Quote Originally Posted by sargon97 View Post
    Thinking out loud....Wonder what RO oiled calf would do if hand soaked and air dried. Anyone try it?
    Can anyone confirm if Rick's oiled calf is washable? Don't want to ruin another jacket!
    ENDYMA / Archival fashion & Consignment
    Helmut Lang 1986-2005 | Ann Demeulemeester | Raf Simons | Burberry Prorsum | and more...

  12. #112


    I have a red horse leather jacket (John Lawrence Sullivan, if that makes a difference). I'm trying to dull the color a bit well as soften it up WITHOUT shrinking it. Will a cold soak achieve this or is it a hot-soak-or-nothing kind of thing?

  13. #113


    I thought you guys'd enjoy this image. Got the jacket at 14, misguided mom bought an XL to make sure it'd still fit when I'd grow up. I'm 22 and 1,93m now and it's still too wide after a 20 minute soak and wash in hot water. Cow leather, biker cut, wax aftercare. I'll post a picture of the done job if anyone is still interested in this topic.

  14. #114


    Please resize your picture. It's really heavy.

  15. #115

    Default Washing Rick Owens Stooges Leather

    Hey there,

    This thread is very helpful, but I had a specific follow up! I have a stooges lamb leather in Dust SZ XL. Its actually not terrible in the shoulders (could be slimmer, but hugs ok), but through the body is loose. I'd like to bring it in, but I'm wondering if anyone has showered/soaked in a jacket?

  16. #116


    I am new here and own a to big jacket.
    I have been going through this thread and was wondering about the timing.
    I hand wash the jacket in hot water
    Put it in the dryer?

    For how long and how hot.

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  18. #118


    It's pretty much impossible to answer unless someone is familiar with the exact leather type.. There are leathers that get ruined in water, some will shrink and some might not react in any way
    "AVANT GUARDE HIGHEST FASHION. NOW NOW this is it people, these are the brands no one fucking knows and people are like WTF. they do everything by hand in their freaking secret basement and shit."


  19. #119


    its a lamb leather all saints jacket

  20. #120


    I've soaked bison shoes in water for 12 hours and then dried them in the sun. Worked. They shrank a bit.

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