How to Remove Stains From Leather Furniture


Leather furniture is durable, strong, wears well over time and is a natural material. It also makes an elegant addition to nearly every design scheme. At the same time, cleaning leather can occasionally pose a challenge, depending on the type of stain and its severity. More than anything, the key is to act fast so that the stain does not have a chance to deepen into the pores of the leather and become permanent.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 dry soft cloths
  • 1/4 dish detergent
  • 1 1/4 cold water
  • Container
  • Paper towel
  • Corn starch

Non-oil Liquid Stains

  • Blot the stain immediately with a soft dry cloth. Don't rub with the cloth as that could cause the substance to sink deeper into the leather. Just blot at the stain until the cloth absorbs all or most of it.

  • Combine 1/4 cup dish detergent with 1 1/4 cups cold water in a container. Mix them together well. Dampen the cloth with this mixture. It should scarcely be wet. If you make the cloth too wet, you could risk creating water stains on your leather.

  • Dab at the stain with your damp cloth. The stain should start to vanish as you do this. Press another clean, dry cloth against the surface of the stain to absorb the moisture. Allow it to air dry.

Oil and Grease Stains

  • Place a clean paper towel over the area. Press down. Lift the paper towel and place a clean spot over the stain and repeat a couple more times.

  • Pour corn starch over the entirety of the stain. Sprinkle enough corn starch over the stain that it covers its complete surface area. Do not rub it in.

  • Allow the corn starch to rest on top of the stain for around four hours. After four hours, when you brush it away, the oil or grease stain should be gone.

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