How to Remove Rust Stains from Leather

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How to Remove Rust Stains from Leather
Many products are made with leather. (leather shoes image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com)

Rust creates a reddish brown stain that can cause discolouration if left to sit on your leather goods. Leather is a porous material, and stains, sweat and dirt get into the pores of the leather. Rust stains can be removed from leather, and the sooner you remove them the better. Use supplies from home and your local store to restore your leather to its pre-stained condition.

How to Remove Rust Stains from Leather
Sponges clean gently but effectively. (sponge for cleaning image by Serghei Velusceac from Fotolia.com)

Pour white vinegar onto a clean sponge. Wipe the rust stain with the sponge, leaving the surface a bit wet.

How to Remove Rust Stains from Leather
Table salt provides a mild abrasive. (salt and pepper image by Rog999 from Fotolia.com)

Shake table salt onto the vinegar on the leather. Use your sponge to rub the salt and vinegar into the rust stain.

Rinse the sponge under cool water; then wipe the vinegar and salt off of the leather.

How to Remove Rust Stains from Leather
Saddle soap is gentle on leather. (soap container image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Wet saddle soap with a dampened cleaning cloth and wash the area of leather that was stained with rust. The saddle soap will remove any traces of salt and vinegar, as well as the last remnants of rust.

Rinse your cleaning cloth in a bucket of water and wipe away the saddle soap. Use a dry cleaning cloth to dry the area.

Tip

Wipe away rust stains as soon as you notice them so the rust can't get into the pores of the leather.

Warning

Avoid using bleach on leather as it will remove the finish and dye from the leather.

Tips and warnings

  • Wipe away rust stains as soon as you notice them so the rust can't get into the pores of the leather.
  • Avoid using bleach on leather as it will remove the finish and dye from the leather.
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