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How to clean leather trousers

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather trousers and other leather clothing must be cleaned in order to preserve the material. Chemicals, oils and other substances can cause any leather to rapidly deteriorate. Leather trousers in particular can be easily stained with salt during the winter in cold climates. Any salt stains should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid damage to the leather. In addition to cleaning, leather must be stored completely dry and in a well-ventilated area. Never seal or enclose leather clothing in plastic.

Stain removal

Clean the stain with warm water. Usually salt stains can be removed with just water.

Wet the stained area with water and rub baby shampoo into the stain to clean stubborn stains.

Rinse the trousers thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaner.

Gently remove excess water with a soft towel.

Air dry the leather trousers completely before storing. Keep the pant legs open to allow air to circulate inside and out to allow complete drying. Never use heat to speed the drying process. Heat can cause the leather to become brittle and crack.

Apply a leather conditioner if desired, but only after the trousers are completely dry.

General cleaning

Wash the trousers by hand in warm soapy water using a mild soap like baby shampoo.

Rinse the trousers thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaner.

Gently remove excess water with a soft towel.

Air dry the leather trousers completely before storing. Keep the pant legs open to allow air to circulate inside and out to allow complete drying. Never use heat to speed the drying process. Heat can cause the leather to become brittle and crack.

Apply a leather conditioner if desired, but only after the trousers are completely dry.

Tip

Always dry leather trousers at room temperature. Even after wearing, leather trousers should be dried to remove body moisture before storage. Apply leather conditioner every six to nine months or after any cleaning.

Warning

Always test your cleaner in a small hidden area to make sure the cleaner does not stain or damage the leather. Never store any leather garment unless it is completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby shampoo or other mild cleaner
  • Leather conditioner
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Rusty Noble has been writing professionally for 30 years, primarily involving technical support for comercial airplanes. He has also published several articles for eHow. He has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University.