Cleaning leather is not as difficult as it may seem. Whether you have a pair of leather shoes, leather car seats, or leather furniture, by using some basic steps and common household products, you can clean and condition just about any kind of leather item. Suede is a type of leather, and for the purpose of this article, we will learn how to clean finished leather, rather than suede leather items. Cleaning suede requires different techniques, and vegetable oil should not be used to clean suede leather.
- Mild liquid hand soap
- Rags without colors
- Hand scrubbers
- Vegetable oil
- Cleaning brushes
Tips & Warnings
- Some leathers are designed to have a brushed finish, even if they are not suede and may soak in more soap, water, and oil than others. For cleaning leather furniture, unzip and remove the seat cushion covers before beginning the cleaning process. You may need to use a vacuum to help fit the cushions back into the leather cushion covers after the cleaning and conditioning process.
- Both cleaning and conditioning leather could make the leather turn a darker shade.