How To Clean and Care For Leather Chaps
There is nothing better than a pair of sturdy and comfortable leather chaps that you can use effortlessly for all your horseback riding and biking needs. It protects you from abrasions and extreme weather conditions; they even keep your outfit clean. However, while leather chaps are extremely handy and a riding staple, one has to take good care of them to last long.
Leather chaps, like every natural product, require routine cleaning because:
- It removes any accumulated dirt on the surface.
- It increases the longevity of the leather coating and the leather product.
- It maintains the softness of the chaps and makes them more resistant to future spills or dirt accumulation.
- It nourishes the quality of the leather, making it look new every time you use it.
Let’s take a look at how you can keep your leather chaps spick and span.
- Take a cloth or a soft brush to remove the dirt accumulated on the leather chap.
- Apply saddle soap with the help of a damp cloth. Clean the dirt thoroughly in a circular motion.
- Wipe the leather chap again with a fresh damp cloth and leave for air drying.
- After drying, apply a high-quality leather conditioner. Before application, make sure that you do a small patch test to ensure that it doesn’t change the color of your leather chap.
- Use a soft brush to clean the dirt from fastening like zippers, buckles, or eyelets on the leather chaps.
- Start by brushing off the dust, and close the zippers to prevent scratches on the surface of the washing machine.
- If you are washing two or more leather chaps, its best to wash light and dark-toned chaps separately to prevent
- When the water level has reached its maximum capacity, add a mild detergent and put the chaps in. Light-colored chaps should be washed in a cold water setting whereas dark-colored chaps should be washed in a delicate setting.
- After the complete cycle, remove the chaps and keep them away from heat as it can cause the chaps to shrink.
- While the chaps are damp apply a leather conditioner or softener to maintain their flexibility and quality. Leave them to air dry.
- Keep your leather chaps in a dark and well-ventilated place to avoid exposure to sunlight and UV rays.
- Do not expose your leather chaps to toxic fumes because they can weaken over time, damaging the protective capabilities of leather chaps.
- It is best to hang leather chaps on a wide padded hanger rather than wrapping them in plastic or other nonporous materials. It will keep mold and mildew away.