How to Clean White Leather

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25-12-2020, 08:40
Cleaning leather can be tricky and white leather perhaps trickiest of all. With these tips for using liquid and non-liquid cleaners, though, you'll be able to keep you all your leather goods ---- from sofas to Elvis jumpsuits ---- in mint condition.

Using Liquid Cleaners

  1. Make your own liquid cleaner. Not only is it easy and cost-effective to make your own liquid cleaner, but it can be safer for your leather. Many synthetic cleaning products, especially ones that are petroleum-based, can actually discolor, stain, or change the surface quality of your leather. Here are some easy recipes for making your own liquid cleaner out of common household products:
    • Mix 1 part mild soap (the kind you would use on your face or clothes) with 8 parts warm water.
    • Mix 2 parts vinegar with 1 part linseed oil.
  2. Apply your cleaner. It's important not to use too much liquid directly on the leather, as this can over-saturate the leather and cause “watermark” staining. Instead, try using a spray bottle or applying your cleaner to a micro-fiber cloth rather than onto the leather.
  3. Use gentle wiping motions or very gentle circular motions to remove grime and dirt. Be careful not to rub to aggressively, as this can embed the dirt into the leather rather than remove it.
  4. Don't rinse, but do repeat. It's not really necessary to rinse off your homemade cleaner, instead you can gently buff it into an even shine. If your item is still dirty, wait a little while and try applying some more cleaner.

Using Non-Liquid Cleaners

  1. Use an "eraser" cleaning sponge. These are safe to use on leather items and can help you avoid some of the drawbacks associated with liquid cleaners leaving watermarks. Eraser sponges are also particularly effective if you need to remove scuffs or pen ink.
  2. Try saddle soap. Saddle soap is a special type of soap that both cleans, conditions, and protects leather. Trifecta! Saddle soap comes in a solid wax (or liquid) form and can work well to remove stains if you follow the manufacturers instructions. But be cautious and test it in an inconspicuous place first, since it can remove leather dye along with your stain.
  3. Try talc powder or cornstarch. If you're dealing with an oil or grease stain, these absorbent powders can work wonders to draw out the stain. Follow these steps for the best results:
    • After blotting the stain, sprinkle the powder onto the surface.
    • Allow it to sit for awhile.
    • Gently brush the excess powder away
    • Repeat until all the oil is absorbed
  4. Make your own cleaning paste. You can also make a homemade cleaning paste out of 1 part lemon juice and 1 part cream of tartar.


  • Prevention is key. Pre-treating your leather with a protective sealant can help to repel dirt and stains, which means less cleaning for you.
  • Start by pre-cleaning. Before continuing with a cleaner, make sure your leather item is free from debris and surface dust.
  • Seek professional help. If your leather is unfinished, suede, or designated as "natural," it's best to ask a pro or take it in for dry cleaning.
  • Try using bottled or distilled water in your homemade recipes to avoid any particles or minerals that might be lurking in your tap water.
  • Steer clear of using rough or crumbly cloths like paper towels. They can scratch your leather or leave behind even more debris to clean.
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