How to Remove Old Coffee Stains From Leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Coffee stains and spills often occur on leather surfaces, creating dark stains. Untreated, as time passes the coffee dries as a dark, unattractive stain. To safely remove the stain without damaging the underlying leather surface, it is important to incorporate the correct stain-removal procedure. This can be done with a few inexpensive home ingredients.

Fill a spray bottle with equal portions of warm water and white vinegar.

Spray the diluted vinegar onto the coffee stain, saturating the leather slightly.

Let sit for 10 seconds. This will allow the vinegar to penetrate the stain.

Spray another light mist of the vinegar spray onto the stain and blot the stain with a cleaning cloth. Continue to spray and blot the stain until all coffee residue is removed.

Dampen a cleaning cloth with plain water and rub over the surface to remove any remaining vinegar or coffee.

Apply a leather conditioner to the surface to restore any moisture lost during the stain-removal procedure. Follow the application instructions on your leather-conditioner bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Leather conditioner
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