I happened to have found 3 shearling coats in my garage that my late in-laws have purchased about 40 years ago in Argentina. They have varying degrees of *damage*, but the coats are made well and it would be a shame to throw them out. One coat (worst case) has mold on the outside (non-shearling side), another is just plain soily and dirty, and third is in pretty good condition except that it smells kind of musty or maybe it's a moldy smell. Actually all three have that smell with the moldy one the strongest. Well, I decided to clean them and have read a lot about leather cleaning here and elsewhere and there is some info on shearling cleaning too, mostly rugs or baby trows, although not too much and I just wanted to get your opinion on this. First off, "professional" cleaning will not be my choice since I have heard that chances of them ruining the shearling coat are 50/50. So I decided to try ruining, I mean cleaning it myself. Here is what I plan to do based on what I have read on the web, please add or correct me!! Here is my understanding of cleaning leather - 1. Before washing, remove as much mold with brush outside of your home 2. Use sun to get rid of some mold or some smell, although I have doubts on how much that helps because sun can't possibly reach all areas of the jacket. 3. Use front loading washer, cold water and gentle cycle that will minimize wear and tear, and cold water will prevent leather from shrinking. 4 Use non-animal based soap that also has plant oils which will get absorbed by leather during wash cycle and also has tea tree oil that will disinfect and help remove mold and moldy smell. Soaps that were recommended are Dr. Bronner's Magic soap and Kookaburra Wash. I think I can get Dr. Bronner's at a local store here. 5. When washing is done, wet coat will be 3 times heavier so lift it up carefully by the bottom, again gentle handling is key. 6. Hang to dry on sturdy hanger. 7. Not sure on this step - According to others, wet leather when drying will stiffen up. Does using soap with oil help it from stiffening up or do I need to flex the coat as it dries to prevent stiffening? 8. 24 hours later, turn coat inside out to dry the other non-shearling side. The coats outside is suede. I have an old leather jacket that will be my guinea pig and see how that turns out. If all goes well, I will try out the moldy coat, then others. Cheers!