How to Clean Untreated Leather

Leather is a versatile, sturdy material used for a wide range of purposes. It is created by tanning the hide of animals, mainly cows. Because it is used in items that are handled frequently, you will have to clean your leather from time to time. There are many cleaning products available commercially, but do-it-yourself methods are just as efficient and much cheaper.

Step 1

Massage a small amount of saddle soap into the leather.

Step 2

Work the soap into a lather, using a damp cloth. You don't have to scrub, because minimal pressure will remove spots.

Step 3

Wipe up the soap with the other damp rag.

Step 4

Soak up excess water with a dry cloth and let the spot dry completely. If it is necessary to dry the spot quickly, use a hair dryer on the lowest setting.

Step 5

After the leather is completely dry, apply a conditioning treatment such as mink oil.