How to clean genuine crocodile leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Genuine crocodile leather is an expensive, elegant material used in the construction of many shoes, handbags and accessories. The crocodile leather, when maintained properly, will hold its attractive appearance for many years without deteriorating in quality. If you use harsh cleaning products, you will discolour and destroy the leather. If you use mild cleaning products, however, you will prolong the life of the leather.

Wipe the shoes with a dry cleaning cloth.

Moisten the cloth with water and wipe away small spots of residue.

Add a drop of dish soap to the cloth. Lather and rub the cloth over heavily soiled areas.

Wipe clean once more with a clean, damp cloth.

Buff dry with a fresh, dry cleaning cloth

Apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture and shine to the crocodile leather. Use either a spray-on or rub-on conditioner and follow the application instructions on the particular brand you are using. A spray-on comes in a small spray bottle, which you spray directly onto the leather and rub into the surface with a soft cloth. The rub-on conditioner will be poured onto a cloth and rubbed into the leather.


For tough stains, take the leather to your local dry cleaning facility.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning rags
  • Leather conditioner
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