How to Get Creases Out of Leather Jacket? – Proven Strategies

You pull your favorite leather jacket out of the closet, eager to wear it, only to find it adorned with stubborn creases.

It’s a dilemma many of us have faced, myself included.

But Worry not! I’ve got you covered.

Over the years, I’ve picked up some tried-and-true methods—that will have your leather jacket looking smooth and flawless in no time.

So, if you’re ready to say goodbye to creases, stick around.

I’ll walk you through step-by-step, sharing personal tips, because I know firsthand how satisfying it is to see those wrinkles disappear.

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Getting Ready: What to Do Before Removing Creases

This step is crucial to ensure you don’t end up causing more harm than good. So, let’s get started!

1. Assess the Type of Leather

First, you must know what kind of leather you’re dealing with. Leather isn’t just leather—there are different types, and each requires a slightly different approach. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Full-Grain Leather: The highest quality, durable, and retains natural imperfections.
  • Top-Grain Leather: Slightly lower in quality, sanded, and refinished for a smooth appearance.
  • Suede: Made from the underside of the hide, it has a soft, napped finish and is more delicate.

2. Clean the Leather Jacket

Now that you know your leather type, it’s time for a little cleaning.  You don’t want to work creases out of a dirty jacket.

Mix mild soap (like baby soap) with water. Dampen a cloth with this solution (don’t soak it!) and gently wipe down the jacket.

Effective Ways to Get Creases Out of Leather Jacket

Let’s get those creases out of your leather jacket! There are several methods you can use, and I’ll walk you through each one step-by-step:

1. Using a Steamer

Steaming is like magic for getting rid of creases in leather—it’s gentle yet effective.

Hang your leather jacket on a hanger. Fire up your steamer and hold it about 6 inches from the jacket.

Move the steamer back and forth over the creased areas, letting the steam work its magic. After steaming, gently stretch the creased areas to smooth them out.

2. Ironing with Precautions

Yes, you can iron a leather jacket—carefully! This method requires a bit more attention to detail. 

Place your leather jacket on an ironing board or flat surface. Lay a clean cloth over the creased area to protect the leather.

Set your iron to the lowest heat setting (no steam) and gently press it over the cloth. Use slow, steady strokes without lingering in one spot too long.

Remember, patience pays off! Remove the cloth and check your progress frequently.

I once rushed this step and ended up with a slightly melted spot on my favorite jacket. Learn from my mistake—low heat and slow movements are key!

3. Hanging the Jacket in a Humid Environment

Sometimes, the simplest methods are the most effective. Hanging can naturally help creases fall out over time.

Hang your leather jacket on a padded hanger inside a plastic garment bag. Place the bagged jacket in your bathroom, close the door, and turn on the hot shower.

Let the jacket bask in the steamy bathroom for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, gently stretch the creased areas while the leather is still warm.

4. Using Leather Conditioners and Oils

Conditioning not only removes creases but also keeps your leather jacket hydrated and looking great.

Apply a small amount of conditioner or oil to a soft cloth. Gently massage the conditioner into the creased areas using circular motions.

Allow the conditioner to soak into the leather for a few hours or overnight. Buff the jacket with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess conditioner.

I love this method because it not only fixes creases but also gives my jacket a nice, healthy glow. 

5. Using Rubbing Alcohol

It’s a simple yet effective method that I’ve found useful, especially for minor creases and wrinkles.

Start by diluting rubbing alcohol with water in a 1:1 ratio. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle for easy application.

Once you’ve confirmed the rubbing alcohol is safe to use, lightly mist the creased areas of your leather jacket with the solution

After spraying, gently massage the creased areas with your fingertips. Let the jacket air dry naturally

6. Using Hairspray to Remove Creases

Using hairspray on leather might sound unconventional, but it can work wonders in smoothing creases.

Hang your leather jacket on a hanger in a well-ventilated area. Hold the hairspray about 6-8 inches from the creased area and spray a light mist directly onto the leather.

Use your hands or a soft cloth to smooth out the creased area. The hairspray helps to relax the leather fibers.

7. Using Heavy Books

Sometimes, a little pressure over time can work wonders for stubborn creases. Here’s how you can use heavy books to flatten out those creases in your leather jacket:

Lay your leather jacket flat on a clean, smooth surface. Place a clean cloth over the creased area to protect the leather from direct contact with the books.

Carefully place heavy books evenly on top of the cloth-covered creased area. Make sure the weight is distributed evenly.

Let the books sit on the jacket overnight or for at least 24 hours. The pressure from the books helps to flatten out the creases.

8. Professional Cleaning and Restoration Services

When all else fails or if you’re dealing with stubborn creases, it might be time to call in the pros.

Professional cleaners and restorers have specialized tools and techniques to handle leather with care.

They can remove deep creases and even provide treatments to prevent future wrinkles.

If you decide to go pro, do your homework and find a reputable service with experience in handling leather garments. Your jacket will thank you for it!

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Things to Avoid When Getting Creases Out of a Leather Jacket

Here are the key things to avoid when tackling creases in your favorite leather jacket:

Direct Heat Sources: High heat is leather’s worst enemy. Skip the hairdryer – it can scorch, crack, and permanently damage the material.

Harsh Chemicals: Harsh cleaners are like bullies to leather. They strip away natural oils, leaving your jacket stiff, dry, and even more prone to wrinkles.

Over-stretching: Pulling and tugging on creases might seem like a quick fix, but it could stretch out the leather or even tear it. I once tried pulling on a stubborn crease and ended up with a stretched-out sleeve. Oops!

Excessive Moisture: Leather and water don’t have a happy reunion. Submerging your jacket can cause water stains, discoloration, and dryness.

Rough Handling: Your leather jacket might be tough, but it’s not invincible. Treat it with care—no vigorous scrubbing or pulling when cleaning or treating it.

Common Causes of Creases in Leather Jackets

Creases in leather jackets occur for a few reasons, all related to the nature of leather as a material. Here are the main causes:

Movement. Every time you wear your jacket, the leather naturally folds and bends. This isn’t necessarily bad, but over time, those folds can become permanent creases.

Lack of Moisture. Leather needs to stay hydrated to remain supple. Without regular conditioning, leather can dry out and become more prone to creasing.

Improper Storage. Stuffing your jacket in a cramped closet can lead to unwanted wrinkles too.

 Smooth Style: How to Prevent Creases in the Future

Here’s how to prevent creases in the future and keep your leather jacket looking great:

  • Use a padded or broad-shouldered hanger to support the jacket’s shape. Avoid wire hangers—they can leave weird bumps that are a pain to smooth out later.
  • Folding leather is a recipe for wrinkles – unless you have to. If folding is unavoidable, use large, flat folds and store the jacket flat for a short period only
  • Regular conditioning is your leather jacket’s best friend. Apply a leather conditioner every few months to keep it soft. Trust me, it makes a big difference in preventing wrinkles.
  • Before heading out into the rain or snow, apply a leather waterproofing spray. It protects against moisture and prevents water stains that can lead to creases.
  • Leather jackets are like celebrities who hate the paparazzi – heat and humidity, that is! Store your jacket in a cool, dry place with good air circulation.

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Alright, readers, that’s all there is to it! 

With these tips and tricks, from using steam to rubbing alcohol, you can keep your favorite leather piece looking sharp and stylish.

Remember, prevention is key! By following the storage and conditioning tips, you can minimize creases from showing up in the first place.

But hey, even the best of us encounter a crease or two.

So, next time you spot a crease, don’t sweat it – you’ve got the tools and know-how to smooth it right out.

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James Chiles

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