How to Remove Stains on Leather

No matter how much we protect and take care of our leather bags, shoes, accessories, car seats, and furniture, it is often unavoidable when disaster strikes in the form of a stain. In case you spilled your drink on your favorite leather, there is no need to panic. It may present as a challenge on how to remove it but it still is possible.

Various types of stains require different methods in cleaning and removing the stains. Just follow these techniques on how to successfully eliminate stains from leather.

Grease and Oil stains

  • Removing grease and oil stains are a bit challenging especially with the leftover residue. Dab the stained area using microfiber cloth to absorb the oil and wipe off the grease as much as you can.  
  • Put talcum powder or cornstarch on top of the stain and let it absorb overnight. This will take out the moisture of the grease from the leather.
  • Brush off the powder the next day. Repeat this method until the stain is completely gone.

Water stains

  • Water stains are easier to remove. Just wipe the spot and surrounding area of the water stain using a clean cloth and damp sponge.
  • Just let it air dry naturally.

Ink stains

  • Since ink is a form of dye, it is easily absorbed by leather. Smaller ink stains may disappear over time as the leather takes it in.
  • For bigger ink stains, moisten a cotton with rubbing alcohol.
  • Test it on a small area first before dabbing it on the stain. Pick a location where it is less visible to the eye. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes so you can see the effect on the leather.
  • Apply the cotton with alcohol to the stain and gently dab the affected area using small circular motions. Wait for the ink to gradually disappear.

Urine stains

  • Whether it’s your baby’s or pet’s urine, using a mild soap can help improve the condition.
  • Apply the soap with a sponge and rinse the area properly with a clean damp cloth. Then wipe it dry.
  • There are some urine stains that permanently damage the leather. In this case, a reconditioning done by a professional may be more suitable.

Before you start polishing, you need to determine the type of leather you are cleaning. There are special cleaners that are intended for a specific type of leather. Always make sure you are using the right one for your leather to avoid damaging it further.

New stains are easier to remove compared to older ones which have been fully absorbed by the leather. Stains that are present for a long time have a deeper discoloration. Once you’ve successfully removed the stains using the tips mentioned, use KevianClean Leather Cleaner to clean, condition, and protect the leather.

It works by deeply nourishing the leather to restore its natural oils. KevianClean Leather Cleaner repairs the leather to its best condition.

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