Removing Stains From Leather

Do you have a leather vest, jacket, or some other type of leather item that you want to clean, remove stains, or simply bring back to like-new condition? Here are some simple tips for removing stains from leather as well as keeping your leather in the best condition possible.

Keep Your Leather Out Of Direct Sunlight

While a little exposure to sunlight is not detrimental to your leather, you should try and prevent it from being exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. The heat from the sun can essentially dry out your leather and cause it to crack.

Clean Regularly

Another tip that you should keep in mind is that it is important to clean your leather on a regular basis. There are a number of ways that you can do so. You can use a micro-fiber cloth to gently clean the surface, and then use saddle soap to give it a nice like-new look.

You can also use moisturizing soap to clean your leather and remove any stains that might be present. Just take a damp washcloth and wipe it over a bar of moisturizing soap to get a light coating of the soap on the cloth. Buff the leather with the damp washcloth until your leather is cleaned thoroughly.

Always Test Your Leather When Attempting To Remove Stains

When attempting to remove a stain from leather material, always be sure to test a small piece of it to ensure that the cleaning solution you are using won’t ruin the material.

Rubbing Alcohol

One solution for removing stains from leather is rubbing alcohol. Again, when using this or any solution, be sure to test a small section of the material to check whether or not any fading occurs or other type of damage. Dip a small cotton swab into the alcohol and gently polish the surface where the stain exists. Rubbing alcohol can help remove ink and many other types of stains.

Homemade Leather Cleaning Solutions

One great recipe that you can use to remove various types of stains from leather is a mixture that is composed of one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar. Apply a small sample of the paste to a washcloth and gently rub it into the area where the stain is present. Wipe clean with another soft cloth. If the stain is still present, let the paste sit for an hour or so and then wipe it clean once more. Repeat if necessary.

If your jacket, boots, chaps, or other leather apparel items have road salt on them, you can use a one-to-one mixture of white vinegar and water to remove the road salt. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and blot the surface where the salt is present. Repeat this process wherever salt exists and when you’re finished the leather should look like-new.

Source by Matt LeClair

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