Practical and elegant, leather has been used to make quality garments and many other things for thousands of years. It is known for its durability, water-resistant and enduring extreme temperatures. With the proper care, a quality leather garment can last a lifetime. You should follow the cleaning and care rules detailed below to enjoy years of comfort and style. If your leather garment gets wet, simply allow it to air-dry naturally at room temperature, making sure to keep it away from any heat sources. Once it has fully dried, you can treat it with a special conditioner to restore its luster and flexibility. Do not use products that contain petroleum or mineral oils, as they are very drying and can damage the leather over time. If the garment is made of suede, you may gently brush it with a terry cloth towel. Storage Store your leather jackets, coats, and clothing items in a cool and dry place (i.e. not overly humid or dry), make sure that you keep them out of direct sunlight. To preserve the shape of your leather garments, use padded or wood hangers when hanging, storing, or drying them, taking special care not to stretch the leather. Always store your garment in a breathable garment bag made of cotton or woven fabric. Plastic dry-cleaning bags do not allow air to circulate,and can dry out the leather’s natural oils. Cleaning For most cases, it’s best to take your leather goods to a reputable professional who specializes in leather cleaning and care. A regular dry cleaner is not equipped to handle leather’s specific needs and can dry out the natural oils that keep leather supple and healthy.For general care and upkeep at home, here are a few helpful guidelines: For leather, use a soft, clean cloth to brush off dry dirt or dust—or use a slightly damp towel if the dirt doesn’t just brush right off. For suede, use a suede brush to gently clean your garment. If you plan to use a leather-cleaning product on minor stains or a conditioner to treat your leathers, make sure to test the product on an inconspicuous part of the garment first. To remove winter salt deposits, gently sponge your leather garment with a damp towel and let air-dry.