The When-to-Wash-It Handbook: Winter Edition
Leather and Suede Jackets
How often you should wash them: Once a season.
Washing guidelines: These hides are pretty durable, but annual cleaning is best left to an expert. You can spot-clean stains on leather immediately with Leather CPR ($12 for eight ounces, bedbathandbeyond.com) and brush suede often to keep it in top condition, says Bruce Gershon, a board member of the Leather Apparel Association.
What else you should know: Prevent makeup and perfume from staining the collar by being conscientious about wearing a scarf. Also, don’t overstuff the pockets—this leads to tears and a misshapen jacket. Avoid plastic bags or bins when storing or the leather will dry out and crack.