Ladies Black Moldy Leather Jacket Brought Back To Life with Garment Care

A couple weeks ago a customer cleared out her storage unit and found her items had become very moldy and disgusting. She loved this black leather jacket so much but thought it was destroyed. She was ready to throw it away before her friend suggested she bring it to us. Not only did the jacket have extensive mold all over but the water and humidity had caused shrinking and discoloration in the leather. We promised her we could restore it and get it back to its original condition.  She was incredibly happy after she received the leather jacket.

From the first set of images you can see the jacket had extensive mold all over.  In fact these pictures really dont do the damage justice. In person you could see a lot more mold, especially oll over the inside lining.


moldy shoulder

moldy leather jacket shoulder 2

moldy front


clean 2

Leather Jacket Cleaned 2

Black Leather Collar

Black Leather side

Leather Jacket Cleaned Back

As you can see, this jack is ready to wear at any hot & sexy spot in the city.

How To Clean MoldFor this jacket, to properly remove the mold we had to put it through a “wet” clean process. This means that it had to be washed on a particular cycle with special cleaning agents with water. The rule of thumb in the cleaning business is whatever way the stain got into the garment is usually the way you get it out. For stains that are oil based, they usually need to be “dry” cleaned using a solvent. Mold’s origins are from water, moisture and organic spores. Dry cleaning this alone would not work and just hand washing it would most likely not get all the mold out, leaving the jacket susceptible to another mold growth outbreak. This jacket was then fitted back to is original shape, dried, colorized and moisturized to get it supple and smooth again.

Health Note – If you have any items that have been exposed to mold, it is essential that you get them cleaned thoroughly. Exposure to mold can cause varying degrees of sickness. Some symptoms appear to be allergic reactions like Sneezing, Itching, Watery Eyes, Itching Eyes, and Headaches.

More serious symptoms can rage to Constant Headache, Nose Bleeds, Feelings of Constant Fatigue, Breathing Disorders, Coughing up Blood or Black looking Debris, Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss, Hair loss, Skin Rashes, Open Sores on the Skin, Memory Loss Short and Long term, Sexual Dysfunction, Swollen Glands in the Neck Area and under the Armpit, Sudden Asthma Attacks or Breathing Disorders, Ear Infections, Chronic Sinus Infections, Chronic Bronchitis


  1. Posted November 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! that jacket looks as good as new now 😀

    Day By Diva

  2. Carol McIntosh
    Posted April 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I have a leather jacket in a similar condition. Unfortunately I’m not anywhere near you, so I can’t bring mine to you! I’d like to try this on my own…but how? In the washing machine? the mold is on the lining as well as the outside of the jacket. I’m also trying to remove some paint off the outside of it as well. This isn’t my primary jacket, btw, it is one someone was tossing out because of the bad painting. :) Do you mind letting me know if and how I might be able to do this myself?

  3. Trenton Deschenes
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Great post.

  4. Posted December 16, 2015 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I have my dads Harley has a hells angel patch.and his war pins on it.he passed in 2009.he was a vva.I noticed it started getting mold on it.what can I do to preserve it.I’m giving it to my son when he gets older.thanks cm.

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