Gentle care for tough clothing
Motorcycle leathers are designed to be durable and obviously strong....strong enough to protect a rider in the event of an accident.
Unfortunately they can also get quite grimy inside and out. Traffic fumes and sweat can take their toll.
But like any leather item, you can't just put them in the washing machine with your usual detergent, you need something dedicated to the task. The advice below was sent in by a biker who is the proud owner of some expensive 26 year old Japanese racing bike leathers. He'd done extensive research on the matter as he was determined not to ruin his prized possession. He soon concluded that Liquid Soap, although relatively inexpensive was actually the best tool for the job. Suffice it to say that he was amazed with the results and describes them 'as good as new'.
John advises that you clean your bike leathers in the bath in a relatively cool temperature. Liquid Soap will disperse very easily in the water. Don't be afraid to leave them to soak for a while and although gentle agitation is fine, don't be inclined to scrub them heavily or wring them out.
Then let the water drain and rinse them under cool clean water.
Leave the leathers to dry for around 3 days, depending on temperatures but don't drip dry them over the line as the weight could stretch them out of shape. Try to dry them on as flat a surface as possible. Do occasionally gently stretch the arms and legs if required so that they don't concertina.
Once the leathers have dried, treat them with a standard leather cream to make sure they're supple and not prone to cracking.
You can find out more about Liquid Soap and where to buy them here.
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