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How to clean bonded leather

Updated February 21, 2017

You like the look of leather, but you don't like its cost. You found the next best thing---bonded leather. Composed of scraps of leather and polyurethane fixative pressed together, bonded leather has the look and feel of leather but lacks the endurance and strength of leather. Bonded leather has an ultra-soft feel and a leathery texture. Like leather, bonded leather must be properly cleaned to keep it free of dust and dirt.

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Fill a small bowl with 2 tbsps. of lukewarm water. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands from getting wet.

Dip a clean, soft cloth in the bowl of lukewarm water. Wring out excess water from the cloth. The cloth should be damp, not dripping with water.

Wipe the bonded leather gently with the damp soft cloth to remove dust, dirt and any grime build-up.

Dry the bonded leather with a dry soft cloth.

Apply a tbsp of leather conditioner to a dry soft cloth.

Rub the bonded leather with the leather conditioner-infused cloth. Massage the leather conditioner into the bonded leather including any cracks and scratches.

Tip

To remove spills from bonded leather, blot the spill gently with a clean white cloth as soon as possible. Do not use a coloured cloth; the colour may transfer to the bonded leather.

Warning

Do not use harsh soaps or alcohol-based products to clean bonded leather.

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Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Lukewarm water
  • Latex gloves
  • 3 soft cloths
  • Leather conditioner

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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