How to clean pig leather

Pigskin, along with cowhide and buffalo hide, is widely used in the production of leather jackets and pieces that are intended to be more durable and take more of a beating. Many people have difficult telling the difference between pigskin and cowhide pieces because they are so similar in appearance, although pigskin does have a glossier appearance because of the manufacturing process. Caring for a pigskin piece is no different than caring for any other leather piece. Treat your pigskin well and it will stay tough and flexible longer.

Prepare a mixture of two tbsp mild soap and three cups of water. Mild soap contains no dyes or perfumes. Do not use soaps that contain ammonia.

Dip a microfiber cloth into the mixture. Wring out most of the liquid until the cloth is damp, not soaking wet.

Wipe down the pigskin piece with the cloth. Do not work the soap into the surface as the pigskin is porous by nature and will absorb the liquid easily.

Wipe away the soapy water with a dry microfiber cloth.

Wet a second microfiber cloth with distilled water. Once again, wring out the cloth to remove excess water.

Wipe down the pigskin piece with the damp cloth.

Dry the pigskin piece immediately with a dry cloth. Remove as much moisture as possible to avoid any mould formation.

Cover the pigskin piece with a layer of leather protectant or leather conditioner. Work the conditioner into the piece and wipe it away with a dry cloth. This will add a sheen to the pigskin piece and protect it from water damage.


Avoid using saddle soap, furniture polish, oils and products that contain wax on your pigskin piece. Avoid storing or placing your pigskin piece near any heat sources, such as a radiator or fire place.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp mild soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Distilled water
  • Leather protectant or leather conditioner
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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.