How to Clean Sticky Feel From Leather

Whether it's a favorite old leather couch or the steering wheel in your car that has seen better days, the surface of well-used leather can feel sticky. Luckily, you can clean the sticky feel from leather with very little effort or expense.

A leather couch
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Step 1

Dust away any excess dirt from the leather's sticky area with the brush, paying careful attention to any creases or folds.

Step 2

Mix your warm water with your dish soap. Dip a cotton swab into the water-soap mix, then rub the swab over the sticky area of the leather. Dip the cotton swab again only if needed, but be careful not wet the leather surface.

Step 3

Dab a washcloth into the water to dampen it, but do not soak it. Wring the cloth out and then work the area of the leather into a lather, pulling any loosened material off the surface.

Step 4

Dampen and wring the second cloth to wipe the lather away, "rinsing" the leather. Inspect the surface to see that the entire sticky feel is gone. If not, repeat Steps 1 through 4 again. If the surface is no longer sticky, proceed to Step 5.

Step 5

Use your third cloth to wipe the leather surface dry and polish it. If the material is still damp, run a hair dryer over the area on low until it appears sufficiently dry.

Amma Marfo

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