How to Clean Sticky Feel From Leather

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Whether it's a favourite old leather couch or the steering wheel in your car that has seen better days, the surface of well-used leather can feel sticky. Luckily, you can clean the sticky feel from leather with very little effort or expense.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean paint brush
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of mild liquid soap, such as Dove face wash
  • Cotton swabs
  • 3 washcloths
  • Small hairdryer

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  1. 1

    Dust away any excess dirt from the leather's sticky area with the brush, paying careful attention to any creases or folds.

  2. 2

    Mix your warm water with your dish soap. Dip a cotton swab into the water-soap mix, then rub the swab over the sticky area of the leather. Dip the cotton swab again only if needed, but be careful not wet the leather surface.

  3. 3

    Dab a washcloth into the water to dampen it, but do not soak it. Wring the cloth out and then work the area of the leather into a lather, pulling any loosened material off the surface.

  4. 4

    Dampen and wring the second cloth to wipe the lather away, "rinsing" the leather. Inspect the surface to see that the entire sticky feel is gone. If not, repeat Steps 1 through 4 again. If the surface is no longer sticky, proceed to Step 5.

  5. 5

    Use your third cloth to wipe the leather surface dry and polish it. If the material is still damp, run a hair dryer over the area on low until it appears sufficiently dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a large surface area to cover, such as a couch with soda spilt on it, it may be best to use a professional cleaner rather than risk ruining the couch.
  • Don't saturate your leather with water, as this can greatly damage it. Always wring out your washcloths well before applying them to the surface.

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