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How to clean stains from white leather

Updated April 17, 2017

Can’t flip those leather couch cushions one more time? Have you retired your favourite leather bag because of an unsightly stain? Pull out your favourite leather shoes again, clean them and wear them like new. It is possible to remove stains from white leather and the best part is, you probably already have everything you need to restore it.

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  1. Apply alcohol. A simple rubbing alcohol like the kind you probably already have in your medicine cabinet can handle this. Just rub an alcohol dampened soft cloth on the surface stain gently and then let it dry.

  2. Use Windex. Yes, the stuff that cleans your windows to a streak-free shine. Spray it on and rub gently with a soft scrubbing brush. Rinse well and follow up with a leather conditioner.

  3. Use baby wipes. These handy little cloths are great at cleaning white and light-coloured leather. The ingredients in the wipes help dissolve the stains, and they’re also non-abrasive and add conditioning to the leather.

  4. Spray the affected area with hairspray. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth and follow up with a leather conditioner.

  5. Tip

    If one application or cleaning doesn't work, repeating the technique may do the trick.


    Always test a cleaning method on a small area of the leather to be treated before treating an entire area. Even the gentlest cleaning can alter the colour or appearance of leather, so when in doubt, consult a leather-cleaning professional.

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Things You'll Need

  • Alcohol
  • Windex
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hairspray
  • Leather Conditioner
  • Cloth

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