Leather can be tricky to clean, which is why it’s never a bad idea to take it to a professional. But can you safely clean it yourself? Absolutely. Here’s what you need to know.
- Whatever method you try, always test it on a small patch of the leather that isn’t visible. The inside of a zipper lining, for example. That way, if anything goes wrong, you haven’t ruined the entire piece.
- Regularly dust the surface with a soft cloth – this is general maintenance.
- A damp cloth with saddle soap or moisturizing soap can be used to lather the leather. Never rinse the soap off: buff it off, and it’ll shine. A dry towel works well for this.
- When leather is damp, always blow it dry with a hair dryer. Never leave it in sunlight.
- You can polish leather with a dry towel
With those basic rules in mind, here are the specifics. To remove spots:
- Rubbing alcohol. Put it on a cotton swab or ball, and rub the spot. Leave it overnight; in the morning you can wipe it off with a damp cloth.
- To remove dirt, mix equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar until it forms a paste. Use a soft cloth to work the paste into the spot. You can let it sit for up to several hours if needed to remove the stain. Later, apply a little more paste and work it in, and then wipe all the paste off.
- To remove salt deposits, mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Dip a cloth into the mixture and blot it over areas the areas that have salt on them. Repeat this as needed until the salt is gone.