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October 08, 2020
A good, traditional pair of Lederhosen is one of the sturdiest articles of clothing you can purchase. If you take good care of your Lederhosen and do not abuse them too much, they can last you for dozens of festivals and parties, leaving you with a reliable pair for years. Following these tips when caring for your own pair of Lederhosen can help ensure they do last and look great at that.
The first, and most important, rule to remember when it comes to your Lederhosen is do not put them in the washing machine. This is the fastest way to ruin your Lederhosen for good so please avoid it at all costs. In fact, many people live by the rule that you should not wash Lederhosen at all and instead just let them tell the story of your previous exploits and parties. If you are worried about dust that may have accumulated on your Lederhosen from sitting outdoors or other activities, simply grab a microfiber brush and gently wipe the dust away. This is much better than trying to soak the Lederhosen and rubbing dust off, which can not only be ineffective but also extremely harmful to the leather, fraying and otherwise damaging it in the process.
Although, as mentioned above, many people shy away from washing their Lederhosen, you may feel that it is necessary for you to clean them after heavy usage. In this case, you can hand wash them gently in a bowl. Once again, do not be too rough to ensure the leather stays nice and tight without becoming frayed or damaged. Also, room temperature water is highly recommended over hot water as it is safer. Hot water can cause the leather in your pants to crack, harden, or otherwise deform so stay away from it. For tougher stains, spot cleaning with special leather cleaners and as little water as possible is the best method.
After you have handwashed your Lederhosen, be patient and allow them to air dry at room temperature. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again, extreme temperatures put the leather at risk of losing its flexibility and becoming brittle and frayed. If you try to heat your Lederhosen to dry them faster, you risk them drying out of the original shape as well. Be smart and just allow the pants to dry at their own pace.
Another great tip to help keep your Lederhosen looking great is to airdry them after every wear. They may be sweaty or otherwise moist after being worn, especially for extended periods of time, so be sure to let them hang out for some time after wearing them rather than just stuffing them away to wait for the next occasion that you can bring them out. Once they are completely dry, then you can put them away in a nice dry environment which helps protect them from getting tarnished and ruined before you even get to put them back on.
It is also a good practice to get your Lederhosen professionally cleaned. Although not necessary after every single wear, it is advisable to do this after a handful of outings or if you have worn them a few days in a row for extended periods of time. Leather cleaners are your best bet for taking care of your Lederhosen properly. Although it is not always the cheapest process, this will help keep your Lederhosen looking and feeling great. Take care of them and they will reward you with years of great memories.
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