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How to clean stains on light-colored leather

Updated February 21, 2017

There are cleaners on the market that are meant to remove stains from leather clothing, furniture and other items. Not all of these cleaners are safe to use on light-coloured leather items, however, as they may cause streaks or stains on the piece. There are two different methods you can use to remove stains on a light-coloured leather item without ruining or staining the leather piece.

Put an equal amount of cream of tartar and lemon juice into a bowl. Mix together until it makes a paste.

Dip a lint-free cloth into the paste and rub the stained portion of the light-coloured leather with a dampened cloth. Rub the paste into the stain in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire stain. How much of the paste you use will be determined by the size of the stain on the item.

Let the paste remain for roughly 15 minutes, then remove it with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Repeat the steps and examine the leather item to see if the stain has been removed. Repeat the cleaning process once again if necessary.

Mix an equal amount of denatured alcohol and water into a bowl.

Dip one end of a lint-free cloth into the liquid solution. Make sure that the cloth is covered but not soaking wet.

Wipe the stained area of the light-coloured leather item with the wet cloth. Dry the area with a dry portion of the lint-free cloth.

Repeat the steps and examine the leather item to see if the stain has been removed. Repeat the cleaning process once again if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Cream of tartar
  • Lemon juice (from a bottle or fresh lemon juice)
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Water
  • Bowl
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Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.