The Proper Way To Clean Up Spills On Genuine Leather

Posted on: 14 July 2015

Genuine leather has been a favorite material for purses, wallets and keycases for many years. It is appreciated for the way it looks, feels, and even smells. With proper care, leather will remain in good condition for many years. However, it requires specific cleaning and conditioning steps to keep it looking new and beautiful. These are some tips on how to keep a genuine leather keycase, wallet, or purse in excellent condition after a stain.


Spills occur when you least expect them. However, if a spill occurs on an item made of genuine leather, you do not have to panic. By acting quickly, the spill can be cleaned up before a stain sets in. Blot up the spill with a dry cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Do not rub the leather as this will force the spill deeper into the leather and create a stain.


Make a mixture of distilled water and very mild laundry detergent. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the cleaning mixture onto a sponge or cloth. Wipe the area gently until the stain has dissolved. Be sure to wipe with the grain of the leather instead of against it. 


Allow the leather item to air dry. Do not place it near direct sunlight as this may fade the color during the drying process. Genuine leather should always air dry naturally because attempting to dry it with a towel can leave the grains looking and feeling rough.


Once the leather has dried thoroughly, you will want to condition it. This keeps it feeling soft and smooth and will prevent it from cracking or peeling. Using a dry cloth with a small amount of leather moisturizer or leather conditioner on it, rub the area that has been cleaned in gentle circular motions. Work the conditioner into the leather until all signs of it disappear. The leather may have a shiny finish, but will feel soft and supple once the conditioner has soaked in.

Spot cleaning leather clothing and furniture can also be done this way. If a spill dries and hardens before you can clean it, be sure to use a stiff yet soft-bristled brush to remove any dried-in stains first. Then clean it, allow it to dry, and condition it in the same way. Taking these steps to properly clean up spills on genuine leather will keep it looking newer longer.


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