Cleaning Unfinished Leather
Stains on unfinished leather may be almost impossible to remove.
Without the protective coat given to finished leather, oils and
liquids can more readily absorb into leather. The best option
with unfinished leather is to try and blot out as much of the
stain as possible. As most leather furniture and clothing is
finished, below are tips on how to clean leather that has been
How to Clean an Immediate Spill on Leather
If you have just spilled on your new leather couch, it is important
to blot excess liquid immediately with a clean, absorbent sponge
or soft cloth. If the spot is sticky or otherwise not easy to
life up through blotting, you can use clear, warm water to wipe
off the spill gently. Make sure you dry the spill with a towel
and let it air dry.
It is important to thoroughly wipe up spills immediately and make
sure the leather dries completely after cleanup. Leather will be
resistant to liquids at first, but if a spill or water is left
to sit on a leather surface, the liquid will eventually seep into
the leather and cause damage.
How to Clean Leather Stains
For spots or stains that will not come out of leather, start by
mixing a mild solution of Dove or Ivory soap and warm water.
Apply the soaping water to a clean sponge. Wipe the spot clean
and let it air dry naturally. Never let leather dry in the sun.
If you are pressed for time you can accelerate the drying process
with a cool hair dryer or buff the area dry.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Leather
Do not use oils, furniture polishes, or varnishes when trying to
clean leather, especially finished leather. These substances
may contain solvents that can destroy leather or make it sticky.