How to Get Wrinkles out of Leather and Suede

Keep your leather and suede looking its best and get the wrinkles out.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • Butcher paper, brown grocery bag, or 100% cotton cloth
  • Iron
  • Steam
  • Flat surface
  • Blow-dryer


  1. Step 1

    Place cloth on

    Place butcher paper, grocery bag, or cotton cloth over the wrinkled leather or suede.

  2. Step 2

    Heat iron

    Turn the iron on low to medium heat, and place the iron onto the bag or cloth. Iron until the wrinkles have smoothed out.

  3. Be careful not to overheat the fabric. Overheating can cause the garment to burn or become shiny.

  4. Step 3


    Hang up your leather or suede piece in the bathroom, if wrinkles remain. Keep the piece away from the shower, to protect it from any water that may splash out.

  5. Step 4

    Run shower

    Run a hot shower and let the steam relax the wrinkles.

  6. Step 5

    Lay flat

    Remove the article from the bathroom and lay it on a flat surface. Smooth out the wrinkles with your hands.

  7. Step 6

    Blow-dry the wrinkles

    Blow-dry the garment if wrinkles still remain. Make sure to keep the blow-dryer moving to prevent damage to one spot.

  8. Step 7

    Store garment

    Store the garment in a closet, but don't fold it or put it in a bag -- allowing air to circulate will make it less likely that your garment will wrinkle. Now put on that leather jacket and show it off!

  9. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control found a higher incidence of leukemia among populations living near tanneries, and other research has shown highly elevated cancer rates among tannery workers.