How to clean green mold from leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Green mould can pop up in the least likely of places, including leather items. If leather clothing, shoes or furniture have been exposed to a combination of moisture, warmth and dark conditions, green mould can surface. Cleaning the mould from leather items requires not only removal but also disinfection to kill mould spores remaining on the fabric. Clean mould from leather without discolouring or damaging the material.

Wipe loose mould from the leather with a rag. If possible, take the leather outside and dispose of the mould in a plastic trash bag, then put the ban into an outside trash container.

Mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol with 1/4 cup water. Wet a portion of a clean cloth with the mixture.

Apply the mixture to the remaining mould on the leather. Dab at the mould and re-wet a new portion of the cloth with the solution as the mould comes off the leather.

Place the leather in an area out of direct sunlight to finish drying. After the leather has dried, spray it with a leather conditioner to replenish the oils removed during the cleaning process. Wipe the excess conditioner from the leather with a clean cloth.


Protect leather items from green mould by keeping them moisture-free. Wipe rain-splattered leather jackets or shoes dry with a clean cloth before putting away.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Plastic trash bag
  • Trash container
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • Cloths
  • Leather conditioner
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