How to Get Dark Stains Off of Leather

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How to Get Dark Stains Off of Leather
Leather furniture is prone to stains from spills. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The luxurious feel and appearance of leather makes it a beautiful, comfortable addition to your home or wardrobe. Similar to other natural materials, leather has a tendency to quickly absorb stain-causing materials. Get dark stains out of leather as quickly as possible to prevent them from being absorbed into the fibres. The correct cleaning supplies and methods are important to removing the stain without damaging the leather.

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Talcum powder
  • Saddle soap
  • Bucket
  • Clean cloths
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Blot the leather surface with paper towels to remove any liquid portion of the stain. As the dark stain liquid soaks into the towel, change to a fresh towel and continue to remove as much moisture as possible.

  2. 2

    Cover the stain with talcum powder to remove moisture absorbed into the leather. Talcum powder also soaks up dark oil stains. Leave the talc in place for a couple hours to wick out stain material.

    How to Get Dark Stains Off of Leather
    Talcum powder removes wet or oily stains from leather. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Combine one capful of saddle soap with a half gallon of warm water in a bucket. Dip a clean cloth in the sudsy solution and squeeze out excess liquid.

    How to Get Dark Stains Off of Leather
    Mild soap solution effectively cleans leather and removes stains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  4. 4

    Wash the surface of the leather at the site of the dark stain. Rub the area with a soft toothbrush to remove particularly difficult stains.

  5. 5

    Rinse the leather surface with a damp cloth. Immediately dry it with another clean cloth to avoid water damage.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray leather surfaces with a protective spray to prevent moisture from being absorbed into the leather.
  • Moisturise leather regularly with a leather moisturiser. Dry leather is more likely to absorb wet stains.
  • Clean leather upholstery regularly with a microfiber cloth to prevent dirt and stain build-up.

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