Now I know for sure that I live in a tropical country. This last trip to Rio Camillo was putting away his suits used at the meeting in Houston and pulled out my favorite leather jacket. This Jacket is a perfect weight for the few winters days in Rio and now it is suffering from mildew damage. Mildew was all across the shoulders, in the seams, inside the hems, and the pockets. I gave it a good brushing with a shoe brush but I suspect that it will always smell like I keep it stored in a musty attic. You know how those old people (older than me, of course) pull out their favorite sweaters and walk proudly through the mall smelling of moth balls. In the house in Friburgo mildew on leather shoes and purses has been a common sight, but this is the first time I have had this problem in Rio. This doesn’t happen to clothing made of cotton, or plastic or synthetics, only leather seems to be affected by mildew/humidity. When not in residence at the apartment in Rio we open all the closest doors and drawers trying to have air circulation but for some reason this rainy season it apparently didn’t help. Any home remedies? I tried shoe polish on a leather purse I found ruined, it looked good for about 6 days then the mildew appeared even stronger than before – the wax in the shoe polish possibly holds the moisture in – creating a breeding ground.
Maybe I will take the jacket back to the States next trip and have it cleaned and maybe there is a treatment for it. I can give it one good try before throwing away my favorite jacket.