How to Repair a Leather Stain


Everything from furniture to clothing to car seats can be made out of leather. However, leather is a very difficult material to clean, so it is important to know what you are doing before you try to clean a leather stain. Take steps to remove the stain from the leather as soon as possible. The longer something has to sit on the leather and sink in or stain it, the less likely you will be to remove the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Clean cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Cotton ball
  • Sponge
  • Dish detergent
  • Mix three parts vinegar and one part water together. Use a clean cloth and the mixture to remove most kinds of stains, including salt stains from sweat.

  • Add a little acetone to rubbing alcohol and use a cotton ball to dab it on crayon, marker, or any kind of ink stains on leather. If the ink has sat for too long, you may need to have it professionally removed.

  • Food stains can be removed with a sponge and a small amount of dish detergent. Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly once finished, and dry with a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are question in about the type of stain on the leather, take the leather to a professional. This will help to protect your leather from stain removal mistakes.

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