Effective Tips for Cleaning Leather

by Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS 07/21/2019

Leather is a costly material, so buying bags, shoes, sofa or clothes in this material can set you back a few dollars. Having paid top dollar for the leather sofa or purse, you logically always want to keep the item in good shape. Sadly, leather is tough to clean. Regardless of their durability, using too much water or washing them with a washing machine can destroy the material. What do you do when you notice a stain on your leather item? Below are effective tips on how to properly clean an article with leather material.

How to Clean Leather Purses or Bags 

Leather purses and handbags are prone to stains as they are often placed on the floor and used outdoors. Some people use soap or detergent to get rid of the stains, but this is wrong - Soap or detergent remains on the leather and may result in cracking and dry patches. If you want to get rid of a stain effectively from your leather bag or purse, follow these steps;

  1. Get a mild facial soap and one part with eight parts of clean water
  2. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle
  3. Spray the mixture on a towel
  4. Use the towel wipe the grain of the leather. Do this gently until the stain removed.
  5. Leave the purse or bag to air dry inside your home. Do not expose to sunlight.
  6. When the purse or bag has dried completely, use a small amount of leather moisturizer. This helps to protect the handbag or purse. 

How to Clean Leather Furniture 

Leather furniture, such as cushions and sofa are standard in most homes, but only a few homeowners know how to clean leather furniture. Some homeowners make the mistake of using strong household cleaners on their cushions, the aftermath of such action is a worn-out cushion. To prevent such, here are some tips on how to clean leather furniture.

  1. Before cleaning, use a vacuum to remove dust and particles.
  2. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe a pea-sized amount of a mild detergent onto the furniture.
  3. Using a separate cloth, wipe the furniture gently with clean water.
  4. Continue wiping with clean water until there is no sign of soap residue on the furniture.
  5. Close blinds or curtains and allow the furniture to dry naturally. 

How to Clean dry stain from leather 

Shoes Whenever you notice a dry stain on your leather shoe, do not clean it off with water. Get an eraser and rub the stain until it disappears. Do this gently, or else you may damage the material.

Caring for your leather items requires some skill and patience. Try some of these tips today and breathe new life to your leather furniture, bags, and shoes.

About the Author
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Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS

Excellence in Action Originally hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Phyllis DiBlasi is a graduate of Saint Agnes Hospital School of Nursing with a degree in Nursing as well as earning a Business Degree from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A resident of Sarasota, Florida since 1995, Phyllis has found "Paradise" amidst its pure white sandy beaches which are touted as the crowning jewels of the Southwest's Gulf Coast. As a full-time professional REALTOR, Phyllis specializes in the sale and marketing of residential properties, condominiums, golf course homes and waterfront properties in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Siesta and Lido Keys. Phyllis DiBlasi has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding performance in Real Estate which includes being selected as a Five Star Real Estate Agent Best in Client Satisfaction since 2006, proving, yet again, that she is someone you can truly depend upon. Phyllis has deservedly earned Real Estate's most illustrious professional designations: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute); CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) considered a PHD in the real estate field. "Accept nothing less than excellence when you are buying or selling a home".