DIY Guide

How to clean and protect leather furniture


Leather is an exceptionally long-lasting material for furniture, car interiors, clothes, and accessories, but it does need some care to preserve it in top state. Use these tips to regularly clean and protect your leather, assuring it’ll look its best for years to come.

Before cleansing any leather item, try the solution in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage or discolor the texture.

To Clean Leather Furniture:

Leather furniture can be cleaned using easy household products. First, get a soft cloth and dust the surface. Mix both vinegar and water solution in a bowl, 50/50, and use a microfiber fabric to use on your furniture.

Rub the leather in a circular movement to swipe the dirt out of the natural fibers. Use this method several times until the dirt on your furniture’s surface is wiped out. 

To Clean White Leather:

Toothpaste: Wet the stained spot with a wet fabric. Don’t soak the spot, just wet it. Dab a little amount of non-gel toothpaste on the stain’s spot. Get a soft toothbrush and scrub away the stain. Wipe the spot with a neat fabric when finished, then dry with a towel. 

How to Remove Stains From Leather

  • Dark Stains: Clean dark stains from light-colored leather by combining a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar in a 50/50 amount. Rub the paste on the stain and leave it in a spot for about 10-15 minutes. Use another layer of the paste, work it in, then clear it with either a wet sponge or a wet sponge topped with moisturizing soap.
  • Water Stains: Water areas can be removed from leather by dampening the spot again with a bit of water, then allowing it to dry or gently blowing dry. Never put leather in the sunlight to dry.
  • Oil Stains: To clear oil or grease, spray baking soda or cornstarch on the area. Rub it in, smoothly. Wait for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will sponge the oil. Wipe off the powder with a smooth fabric.
  • Ink Stains: Clear the ink area from leather by dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and smoothly smudging the stain. Dry the spot with a blow dryer. If the stain stays on the leather after drying, use a thick layer of non-gel, non-oily cuticle remover. Wait for overnight, then wipe off with a wet fabric.


You’ve cleaned your jacket, now apply a leather conditioner to save it from drying out and cracking, and to make it resistant to coming stains.

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