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Extending the Life of your Leather Apron: Here’s How to Clean & Maintain it

The leather apron has been a staple of the working human for centuries. It is both durable and practical, and it can provide a measure of protection from the elements. But the leather apron is more than just a utilitarian garment – it is also steeped in history and tradition. In medieval times, leather aprons were worn by blacksmiths and other artisans to protect their clothes from sparks and debris. Over time, the leather apron became a symbol of the tradesperson, and it came to be associated with hard work and diligence. 

Today, the leather apron is still worn by many tradespeople, and it remains an enduring symbol of the working man or woman. You may have noticed your local barber, bartender, chef, or even a home BBQ extraordinaire rocking a leather apron. The leather apron has surged in popularity once again across many industries. That said, leather is not a common material most people are used to working with. You cannot just throw it into the washing machine after use. Leather is a material that needs care and attention to detail.

In this article, we are going to look at how to clean your apron, how to maintain your apron, and what types of leather cleaner you should be using. 

Cleaning your leather apron

Depending on the industry you work in or the use of your apron, you may look at cleaning solutions and products to buy. If your apron is covered in BBQ sauce, fish guts, or cocktail remnants, you may think you need a cleaning solution that fits your needs. However, this is usually far from the truth. The best way to clean your leather apron is actually with soap and lukewarm water. And no, it’s not some fancy soap that’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. The best soap to use is a natural one. We actually recommend you use a mild shampoo or hand soap that you probably already have around your house. 

Something to keep in mind when cleaning your leather apron is that we recommend not to spot treat it. If you are washing your apron, wipe down the whole thing with soap and water. This will prevent stains and spot discoloration. If your apron is wet or you just got done cleaning it, let it dry at room temperature. Do not use a heat source like a dryer, hair dryer, or even the sun to try to speed up the drying process. 

Although this may seem too simple for an expensive leather apron, this simple method of cleaning is the best way to preserve its life and keep it looking and smelling good. 

Maintaining your leather apron

Getting the most out of your apron is almost as simple as cleaning it. To maintain your leather apron, it is important that you condition it. You can find leather conditioners online at stores like Amazon or most places that sell leather jackets, shoes, etc. 

It is important to condition once a month or following a deep clean. With leather conditioner, you will wipe the conditioner on the apron, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then simply wipe off the excess with a clean towel. Doing this once a month will ensure your apron stays protected and doesn’t dry out.

Another important tip to maintaining your apron is to store it on a hook. This goes for after a clean, letting it dry, or just putting it away after use. By hanging your apron, you will avoid creases and will allow the apron to maintain its proper shape. If, for some reason, you need to fold your apron for a short trip or to send it as a gift, the creases will usually come out over time. Alternatively, you can try ironing the backside of the apron. But be careful when doing this as too much heat can damage the leather.


Whether it is for business or personal use, a leather apron is an investment. Taking the time to understand how to care and take care of your apron is important so you get the most life out of it. We hope this article has informed you of how simple and easy it can be to get the most out of your leather apron and how you don’t need lots of chemicals when cleaning it. Click the link HERE to see our full line of leather aprons now available in the United States.



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