Ironing a leather jacket is not an easy task for many people. You may worry that it would damage the texture of your jacket. The good news is that you can avoid this by using some simple steps when ironing out any wrinkles on your leather jacket.
Step By Step Guide to Iron Leather Jacket
Step 1: Before you start, make sure your leather jacket is clean and free from dust or lint to ensure you don’t leave any marks on the surface. If there are dry spots on the leather after cleaning it with water, use glycerin soap to get them out before ironing or spot cleaning.
Step 2: Lay down a newspaper or brown paper bag in your working area. Iron smooth fabric like cotton cloth first, then test the temperature of the iron. Turn off the steam function on your iron to reduce watermarks likely to appear on the leather surface at high temperatures. If you have a small cloth, damp it in clean tap water and wipe the jacket’s surface before ironing.
Step 3: Place your jacket face down on newspaper with the inside parts facing you outwardly. In this condition, you will protect both surfaces of your leather from direct contact with the hot metal plate. Put another sheet of newspaper between layers of leather to prevent glueing together when heated.
Step 4: Set up the ironing board near your working area, then completely turn off its steam function. Keep your palms slightly apart at both ends of the tip but too far to avoid direct contact with heated metal. Set iron temperature 40C or 105F, then start to iron with slight pressure, moving the hot tip along the grain of leather following its texture; that way, you can remove creases faster.
Step 5: After smoothing out one side of your jacket completely, turn it over and repeat the process by not pressing too hard on any wrinkled areas. Turn up cuffs and collars before ironing them inside-out.
Step 6: Let down shoulder seams once all wrinkles are removed for further smoothness; if necessary, use a clean brush to reshape the collar’s fur. Keep your gloves nearby in case you feel uncomfortable when touching the heated surface of your jacket during ironing.
Step 7: To get rid of any residual marks on the surface, dip a cotton cloth into clear water and wipe it with your fingers in a circular motion. If there are still spots left after wiping, you can use glycerin soap to clean them thoroughly, then let them dry at room temperature. The leather may feel stiff afterwards, but that will fade away quickly when worn often. You can also use special creams meant to clean leather surfaces before ironing to enhance their appearance if necessary.
Ironing out wrinkles from a leather jacket is not an easy task for many people. However, with these simple steps, you can achieve good results by protecting both surfaces of your jacket during the ironing process by laying down a newspaper or brown paper bag in your working area.