How Do You Soften a Leather Jacket?

To soften a leather jacket, dampen a clean soft cloth with a mild liquid soap solution, and rub the jacket one section at a time. Make sure the jacket is completely dry before conditioning the surface of the material.

  1. Hang the jacket

    Place the jacket on a clothes hanger, and hang it in a doorway. Ensure there is good lighting, but keep the jacket away from direct sunlight.

  2. Clean the leather

    Create soapy mixture by putting a teaspoon of liquid soap into a gallon of cold water. Use an unscented dish soap or a mild baby wash. Wet a soft clean cloth, and wring out excess water so that the cloth is not too damp. Do not saturate the leather. Clean the jacket one section at a time by rubbing each section with the damp cloth and drying the leather with dry, clean cloths.

  3. Condition the jacket

    Ensure the jacket is completely dry. Using a leather conditioner, and carefully following application directions, apply conditioner to the leather jacket one section at a time. Allow the jacket to dry away from direct sunlight, and check the leather softness. A second application of leather conditioner can be used to soften the material further if required.