How to Remove Leather Stains

Leather is the most versatile fabric known to man. Jackets, furniture, and clothing are all made from leather, however with that versatility also comes the compromise on natural wear and tear to the fabric. Incessant worrying about children on the leather sofa or marks on that trendy leather jacket will always plague day to day thoughts as you wear that jacket or attempt to enjoy your new leather furniture. However, while leather stains with wear and tear, it’s just as easy to learn how to clean those stains, thus maintaining leather in its most pristine condition. There are three simple methods to remove stains of leather clothing and leather furniture.

Firstly, it is important to understand that there are several types of leather materials. Leather that is in certain car seats and leather sofas and chairs are identically crafted. Leather coats, jackets and clothing are different than that of leather seating as it is more delicate. Just as its important to clean leather, it is equally important to condition leather. Moreover, conditioning leather extends the life.

To clean and condition all types of leather, first take one part of white vinegar and combine with two parts of linseed oil and combine in a small bowl. Vinegar is powerful yet subtle cleaner while the linseed oil replenishes lost moisture and oils that are lost during the cleaning process. Next, take a lint free cloth to liberally apply to the stain. If the stain is deeply set, let the solution penetrate overnight. The following day, buff clean.

For cleaning tough stains such as ink stains pen marks, an easy trick is non acetone fingernail polish. Simply take a lint free towel or cotton ball, and apply a liberal amount onto the towel or cotton ball. Do not apply directly to the stain. Rub in a circular motion until the stain is removed. It may take several wipes to fully remove the stain, however, this is completely dependent upon the severity of the stain.

Leather furniture or clothing that have been exposed to excessive water or that may have water stains can be removed by a simple cooking ingredient: Mayonnaise. Simply apply mayonnaise directly to the water stain. Let it set for a few hours or for deeper water stains, let it set overnight. After letting it set, take a lint free cloth and rub in a circular motion until its wiped completely clean.

Following these simple steps and by utilizing these simple household items, the ability to keep your leather goods spot free can become a realization.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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