The best method for cleaning leather is determined by the type of the stain and the type of the leather. Read <a href="http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_113506_treat-stains-leather.html" title="How to Treat Stains in Leather" target="_top">How to Treat Stains in Leather</a> for advice on removing specific stains.
The following are instructions for general leather cleaning: Before cleaning leather, determine whether the leather is finished - like luggage, furniture and garments - or unfinished - like baseball gloves, work boots and saddles. Then follow the instructions below to keep your leather looking fabulous.
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Things you need
- Leather Conditioners
- Saddle Soaps
- Damp cloths
- Dry Towels
- Leather Protection Sprays
- Leather Cleaning Kits
Place a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap such as Dove on a damp cloth and bring it to a light lather.
Rub the damp cloth on the leather without putting too much water on the leather.
Wipe away lather with a fresh damp cloth. Don't rinse the leather in water.
Polish leather with a dry towel.
Treat leather with a leather conditioner after it has dried completely.
Use a damp cloth or sponge to rub saddle soap into the leather; work soap into a light lather.
Wipe away lather and allow to air dry.
Oil leather with a leather preservative such as mink oil.
Tips and warnings
- Cleaning leather is a dangerous game. Cleaning can change the color or appearance of the leather. Always test the cleaning on a small invisible patch of leather before proceeding on the whole item.
- Avoid products like mink oil, shoe polish and waxes when cleaning leather furniture or garments.
- Consider seeking professional assistance as improper cleaning might damage the leather.