How to Remove Mold from Leather

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Removing mold from leather furniture can be tricky. Some cleaning agents will permanently stain or damage the leather, while other may leave behind traces of mold that will grow over time. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help completely remove mold from leather surfaces and restore your leather furniture to its former glory.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft Bristle Toothbrush
  • Clean Absorbent Cloths
  • Mild Soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Air Mask
  • Move the piece of furniture to a well-ventilated location. If possible, position the furniture on a patio or carport. If weather does not permit moving the piece outside, then place in the garage and leave the door open.

  • Begin the cleaning process by donning the air mask. Use one of the clean cloths to gently wipe off as much of the surface mold as possible. Be sure to keep the air mask in place for this activity, as the wiping action will release mold into the air.

  • Use the soft bristle toothbrush to get into the grain of the leather. Mold collects into these small crevices in the grain and will grow if not removed. As with the wiping, using the toothbrush will cause mold to fly into the air, so keep the mask on.

  • Prepare a solution of mild soap in warm water. There are several soaps on the market that are considered safe for use on leather. It is usually possible to purchase soaps of this type at home and garden shops, as well as some stores that specialize in leather goods.

  • Using a soft clean cloth, apply the soap and water liberally to the surface of the leather furniture. Make sure to wash the entire surface of the leather, not just the spots where the mold is present. After soaping up the surface, use clean water to rinse remove any soap residue.

  • Use dry cloths to soak up any remaining water on the surface of the leather. Apply a coat of leather conditioner according to the instructions that come with the product. Many conditioners require a second wipe down with a clean cloth to remove any excess product. Allow the leather to air dry before moving the furniture back into the home.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a leather soap is not available, try a solution made of one part denatured alcohol to one part water. However, keep in mind this will not be an ideal cleaning agent with all types of leather. In any event, make sure to remove any residue quickly.
  • Avoid the application of harsh chemicals to the leather. The end result will probably be a stain that permanently damages the look of the furniture.

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