Been away from someone’s passion for a long period isn’t easy. For most bikers, this is a habit: you look at your bike for months, knowing that it will take some time before you could ride it again.
But these “pause” moments can be the perfect timing to prepare for the season opening. If you have already set your vehicle (battery, tires, oil levels), now it is time to care after your clothing. After all, we all want to look good at the grand opening!
Your suit or jacket have been locked in your wardrobe, in the dark, for months now. The first thing is to take them out and the leather scent will reach you, with all its memories and feelings. Below, a simple 10 steps guide on how to maintain or regenerate your leather garment.
1. ACT FAST
Cleaning should be a frequent habit, so dirt doesn’t sit too long on your leather. This is a crucial part in keeping your product fine for longer.
2. BE GENTLE
Don’t use hard brushes or abrasive products as they can damage the leather finishing.
3. NO SOLVENTS
Hard solvents, liquid or cream, and degreasers should be avoided as they aren’t leather-friendly.
4. BUY A PROPER CLEANER
The best choice for your Dainese leathers is the Dainese cleaning kit. It is the result of 50 years of knowledge and experience in leather crafting, specifically designed to protect our unique leather at best.
5. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CLEANER, USE SOAP
The best alternative to a proper cleaner is neutral soap and cold water with a soft cloth.
6. INSECTS ARE JUST AS BAD AS ON YOUR BIKE
Organic dirt is dangerous as the fluid released can be very aggressive on the leather finishing. It is better to remove insects frequently, without waiting too long.
7. REMOVE OIL AND GREASE IMMEDIATELY
Oil and grease are very dangerous, and they need to be removed immediately. Use a soft cloth, clean with circular motion and don’t rub them hard.
8. LEATHER DOESN'T LIKE HEATING
Once your cleaning is done, make sure your let your leather dry away from any heat, such as radiators or sun exposure, as it dries the leather speeding deterioration.
9. HANG OR FLAT DRY
Choose a flat surface for drying or better, hang it: this will prevent the creation of folds.
10. CLEAN THE INNER LINING
Linings should always be washed alone at 40°C with gentle soap: liquid detergent is to be preferred to powder as it is less aggressive.
Maintaining our clothing is just another way to take care of our passion: helmet, suit and jacket, they all benefit from some care before the season opening and above all it is a good opportunity to ensure that what protects our life is in in good shape!