Leather is a material commonly used to make articles of clothing, such as shoes and jackets. It is also seen in vehicles, like car seats and steering wheel covers. Sometimes you want the leather to shine, but there are times when the glossy look makes your leather appear fake and cheap. This glossy appearance is sometimes caused by a build up of oil, or it could be a finish that was applied by the manufacturer. This shine, or glossy appearance, can be easily removed on most leather surfaces.
Using Alcohol to De-Gloss Leather
Choose a clean surface, and place your leather on it. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated space that is away from any sources of flame.
Apply the rubbing alcohol to the white cloth. You will want to use a white cloth so that you can see if any color is being lifted off of the surface. Be sure not to drip the alcohol onto the leather material, or you may end up with spotty results.
Rub the white cloth with the rubbing alcohol onto the leather surface in a circular motion. The alcohol should begin to remove the shine from the leather.
Continue adding alcohol to the cloth as needed, and completely wipe the entire leather surface with the cloth.
Continue on to the diluted dish soap method if the alcohol has not fully removed the glossy appearance from your leather.
Using Dish Soap to De-Gloss Leather
Pour one tablespoon of dish soap in a bucket, and dilute by using one quart of water.
Soak a clean, white cloth in the diluted soap solution, and wash the leather surface completely.
Allow the leather surface to dry completely in a well-ventilated area.