Cleaning and Restoring A Moldy Leather Jacket

 


A couple weeks ago, a customer cleared out her storage unit and found her items extremely moldy. Her black leather jacket was not only covered in mold, but the water and humidity had caused shrinking and discoloration in the leather. She was about ready to throw it away, when a friend suggested she bring it to us for inspection. We promised we would get it back to its original condition, and fortunately we did. Not only was the jacket saved--it looked as good as it did when it came out the shop.

BEFORE

 A close up of the green and white mold.
 Leather mold is disastrous, but definitely not irreparable.
 The mold went from green to white to brown!
 No matter how hard you scrub, leather mold will always return from their deeply embedded spores.

AFTER

 As you can see, all the mold has been completely removed from the leather jacket.

As you can see, all the mold has been completely removed from the leather jacket.

 Nylon collar, exterior leather, brass hardware. Our technicians handle it all.

Nylon collar, exterior leather, brass hardware. Our technicians handle it all.

 Not only is the mold gone, but the coloring is brand new and the leather supple and newly moisturized.

Not only is the mold gone, but the coloring is brand new and the leather supple and newly moisturized.

 If you need to revitalize a jacket, consider Meurice as an option. 

If you need to revitalize a jacket, consider Meurice as an option. 

How To Clean Leather Mold 

For this jacket, used a “wet” cleaning process to remove mold. In the cleaning business, the general rule of thumb is to get stains out in the same manner they got in. Mold’s origins are from water, so dry cleaning alone would not suffice. We used special solvents and a dual cleaning process to first remove the mold, and then purify it from any potential spores or future mold. The jacket was then fitted back to its original shape, dried, colorized and moisturized to get it supple and smooth again.

If you have any vintage or "ruined" leather garments you would like restored, feel free to give us a call at (212) 759-9057, or send us photos at info@garmentcare.com and we'll be happy to take a look. 


Meurice Garment Care is a family-owned garment care specialist. We've been cleaning and restoring leather for over 50 years. We're passionate about quality craftsmanship and sharing our knowledge with our readers.

 
Victor Chang