Jacket Care

This page has tips on how to keep your jackets in the best possible condition. These general tips apply to all types of jackets and other clothing:

  • Wear your jackets! It might seem counter-intuitive, but it is good for a jacket to be worn occasionally and get some fresh air.
  • Store your jackets in a climate controlled room. Extreme heat or cold can damage jackets.
  • Ideally store your jackets in an area with low humidity (i.e. avoid the bathroom or basement).
  • Avoid sunlight: it can fade the fabric.
  • Don’t cram jackets into the closet: each should have space for air to circulate.
  • Use only breathable fabric garment bags. Plastic garment bags don’t allow fabric to breathe and can create mold problems or fading.
  • If you plan to hang the jacket, use padded hangers to prevent stretching/tearing. But…
  • If you plan to store the jacket for a long time, it is best to store it folded. Folded jackets can be wrapped in acid-free tissue and stored in breathable cardboard boxes.

Fabric Information

How to clean

  • For jackets made from fabric such as cotton, polyester, rayon, etc. we recommend dry cleaning only.
  • If the jacket is stained, point the stain out to the dry cleaner. They will know the best way to remove it.
  • Try to treat stains right away! The longer they set the more difficult (or impossible) they will be to remove.
  • Not recommended: If you need to wash it yourself, wash it with delicate detergent in cold water, and lay flat to dry.

Pleather Information

Most Bandai “leather” jackets are actually pleather. Pleather jackets require special care. They are not as durable as fabric or leather jackets, and tend to have issues with peeling or cracking over time. Some of this is inevitable: pleather jackets are not made to last forever. With average use and care, a pleather jacket will last around three to five years. This might be extended to a decade or more with good care!

How to clean

  • Do not machine wash/dry or dry clean.
  • Pleather jackets should be dusted with a microfiber cloth regularly.
  • Pleather can be cleaned using a soft cloth and a mixture of soap and water. Wipe dry with a lint free cloth.
  • Serious stains can be removed using rubbing alcohol, but this can lighten dark fabric so use sparingly and test a hidden area first.
  • If the inside lining starts to smell, it can be sprayed with a 2:1 mixture of water and vinegar and allowed to air dry.

Leather Information

A genuine leather jacket will last many years with proper care. There are very few genuine leather jackets offered by Bandai. The most common genuine leather jackets are the Gouraiger jackets (Hurricaeneger), the Kamen Rider Drive Type Wild fashion jacket, and Kamen Rider Specter’s jackets and pants.

  • Occasionally apply leather conditioner. This will stop the leather from drying out and cracking, and extend it’s lifespan. Only apply conditioner when the jacket feels stiff or dry – too much can change the color.
  • Product ingredients to avoid: wax, silicone, mineral oil, petroleum. Products with these ingredients can damage your jacket.
  • Never use shoe polish on your jacket.

How to clean

  • Do not machine wash/dry or dry clean.
  • Water is bad for leather jackets. Avoid getting it wet: if it does get wet, hang and allow to air dry.
  • If the jacket needs to be cleaned, take it to a professional leather cleaner.