How to keep white leather clean

Updated February 21, 2017

White can transform a room or an outfit with its subtlety or its striking vibrancy. However, many people avoid purchasing white leather shoes, bags or couches for fear of getting them dirty. But you shouldn't shy away from white. You can still own a white handbag or a white office chair without fear of it getting permanently scuffed and dingy. With some proactive maintenance from time to time, you can keep white leather clean.

Brush the leather object with a soft bristled brush. This will remove any dust from the surface. Make sure to get in the crevices, too, as dust collects in there.

Pour an equal quantity of rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle. Replace the cap tightly and shake it well. Hold the bottle 12 inches from the white leather object and mist it lightly, moving the bottle over the surface evenly. Wipe the leather object down with a soft, lint-free rag.

Mix a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil in a spray bottle. Replace the cap and shake it well. Spray another clean, lint-free cloth with this solution and rub the white leather object well. This will simultaneously clean and shine the leather.

Allow the white leather object to dry thoroughly and spray it with a leather protector, holding the spray 10 inches away from the object. This spray will act as a shield, preventing the leather from absorbing further stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft brush
  • 2 spray bottles
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • 2 soft, lint-free cloths
  • Linseed oil
  • White vinegar
  • Leather protector spray
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."