How to Remove Grease Stain From Leather


With the ownership of leather comes a certain amount of special care. Leather cannot be cleaned in the same manner as other materials, which can cause a slight dilemma when spills or other accidents happen. Grease tends to bond stubbornly to whatever surface it comes in contact with, so finding yourself with a grease stain on leather can seem like a rather large problem. Though leather may be a temperamental material, this is one stain that is actually pretty simple to eliminate.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic utensil
  • Baby powder or cornstarch
  • Leather soap
  • Lay the leather item on a flat surface.

  • Scrape the area with a plastic utensil to remove any grease that may have dried on the surface.

  • Sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder directly onto the affected area.

  • Allow the cornstarch or baby powder to stay on the area overnight.

  • Brush off the powder and discard it.

  • Wash the area with a leather soap per the manufacturers’ instructions.

  • Set the leather in a cool, dry place to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • For large stains that cannot be removed after several attempts, consult with a professional cleaner.
  • Harsh chemicals and abrasives will damage leather and should be avoided.

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