When it comes to jackets, there is nothing quite as iconic as leather. Leather jackets are durable, stylish, and warm. Not surprisingly, leather jackets have been very popular for decades and show no signs of losing popularity. As a result, you should learn how to take care of your leather jacket so you can wear it for decades! So, you might be wondering how to store a leather jacket. To find out how to store a leather jacket correctly, read on. We’ve got the best methods and tips below.
Use Wide, Wooden Hangers for Leather Jackets
One of the first things you need when storing leather jackets is large, wide, wooden hangers. They are the best type of hangers to ensure your leather jacket stays pristine in storage. (That goes for your closet at home, also.) We recommend wide, wooden hangers because metal hangers can ruin the leather fabric, especially if exposed to humidity. Also, the wood will support the jacket’s shoulders well so that they won’t droop.
Never Store Your Leather Jacket Folded Flat
If there’s one thing you should never do with a fine leather jacket, it’s store it folded flat. As you might already know, leather will crease, and creases can be hard to remove, if not impossible. In short, no matter how or where you store your leather jacket, don’t lay it folded flat.
Treat Your Jacket with Leather Conditioner
If you plan to store your leather jacket for an extended time, treating it with a leather conditioner is essential. The thing is, leather is all-natural and can dry out. If it does dry out, your leather jacket will start to crack. That’s not good and can completely ruin the jacket’s overall look and aesthetics.
It’s recommended to put on a thin coat of conditioner and wipe the excess away. The conditioner will keep the jacket’s leather soft and crack-free while in storage.
Stuff the Sleeves with Paper
To help your leather jacket better keep its shape, stuffing the arms with paper is a great trick. The arms and shoulders won’t fall flat and ruin the jacket’s look when you do. Now, some experts recommend stuffing the arms with acid-free paper. That, they say, will prevent any discoloration. The discoloration would be inside the sleeves, though. So stuffing the arms with clean paper is acceptable.
Store your Leather Jacket in a Moderate Environment
Extreme temperature changes and exposure to the sun’s UV rays aren’t good for your leather jacket. Both can dry out the leather and cause cracking. Exposing your leather jackets to bugs and other vermin is also a bad idea. They need to be well protected because leather, for many pests, is a tasty treat. The last thing you want is to take your leather jacket out of storage to find it riddled with holes.
For that reason, if you’re storing your leather jackets long-term, a climate-controlled storage unit is recommended. In a climate-controlled storage unit, the temperature never gets too cold or hot. It’s the perfect environment for a leather jacket.
Use Wardrobe Boxes to Store Your Leather Jackets
If you’ve ever moved, you know that a wardrobe box is a huge box you can hang clothing inside. (And if you didn’t know that, now you do!) Wardrobe boxes are perfect for storing clothing of all kinds, especially leather jackets. They have a central hanging bar, are durable and strong, and keep your clothes hung nicely while stored. By the way, SecurCare Self Storage sells wardrobe and many other moving boxes. If you need them, you can chat with us or visit the local SecurCare self-storage facility near you.
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Whether you’re storing leather jackets or other fine clothing, storing them in a storage unit from SecurCare is perfect. All of our storage facilities offer clean, safe, and secure storage units of varying sizes. From very small to extra large, you can fit as much as you need in a SecurCare storage unit.
If you have questions about self-storage, you can chat with us online whenever you like. Even better, stop by the local SecurCare self-storage facility near you. The onsite manager is a wealth of storage information and will help you store your leather jackets perfectly!