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Video:How to Clean Leather

with Debbie Anderson

Thought it was impossible to remove stains from leather? Watch how to clean your favorite piece of leather so it looks brand new.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean Leather

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home. Sometimes getting a stain on finished leather can mean the end of having a nice garment or piece of furniture, but not always.

Remember to use caution when cleaning leather because cleaning it can dramatically change the color of the leather.

Today I'm going to show you one of the best tricks for cleaning these stains while keeping the same or similar look on the leather.

Test the Cleaner on a Small Spot

Before using this method, remember to test your cleaner on a small, discrete area of the leather surface before cleaning the entire piece.

It's important to note that when cleaning leather, be sure to avoid using products such as mink oil, shoe polish, and waxes because these items can unintentionally change the look of the leather.

Supplies Needed to Clean Leather

For this task, you will need:
  • a gentle moisturizing soap
  • 3-4 soft cleaning cloths
  • leather conditioner

Rub Soap on the Leather

Start by placing a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap on a damp cloth, and rub the soap on the cloth until the soap is brought to a light lather.

Using a very light and gentle touch, rub the lathered area of the damp cloth on the stained area without pressing too much water onto the leather.

Wipe Away the Soap

Using a fresh damp cloth, wipe away the lather. After wiping away all of the lather, do not rinse the leather with water. Instead, use a clean dry cloth to polish the area that was recently treated with soap.

Treat the Leather with Conditioner

Once the leather is completely dry, use a clean dry cloth and a bottle of leather conditioner to treat the leather. Treat the entire surface for best results.

Wow, you can't even see the stain anymore. This leather looks great.

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