How to Remove Stains From Colored Leather

Whether a leather couch, leather coat or leather shoes, stains on colored leather are quite unsightly. Don't throw in the towel on leather stains just yet. Although leather is a delicate material, there are a variety of products and methods that can be used to remove stains from colored leather. Use the appropriate stain removal method and product for the specific type of stain you are dealing with on colored leather.

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Leather surface

Ink Stains

Step 1

Moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the cotton swab over the ink stain.

Step 2

Continue rubbing the ink spot with alcohol until the stain has lifted. Use a clean cotton swab once one has filled with ink to avoid restaining the leather with the ink.

Step 3

Dry the spot with a blow dryer. Inspect the area to see if the stain is completely gone.

Step 4

Apply non-acetone nail polish remover if the ink stain persists. Dampen a microfiber cloth with a small amount of the nail polish remover. Gently rub over the ink stain until it disappears. Go over the area with a leather cleaner and conditioner.

Grease and Oil-Based Stains

Step 5

Blot the stain with a microfiber cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible. Do not rub the stain with the towel.

Step 6

Sprinkle the stain with corn starch. If you do not have corn starch on hand, talcum powder will also suffice. It is important to treat the stain as soon as possible before it sets into the leather.

Step 7

Rub the powder into the stain briskly using your fingers. Continue rubbing until you feel the heat from friction. The corn starch will absorb the oil as the heat from the friction loosens it. Brush off the powder with a rag or soft-bristled hand broom.

Step 8

Continue this process until the entire stain is gone.

Water Stains

Step 9

Fill a bowl with water. The water should be at room temperature.

Step 10

Soak a clean sponge with the water and wring it out well. Moisten the leather with the water from the sponge, beginning at the stain and working your way outwards.

Step 11

Dampen the entire leather surface with the water. This will release the water stain and dampen the rest of the surface so that it will dry uniformly.

Step 12

Allow the leather to dry completely. Apply a leather cleaner and conditioner to the entire leather surface.

Urine Stains

Step 13

Absorb as much of the urine as possible by blotting the area with a microfiber cloth. Do not rub the urine stain into the leather.

Step 14

Fill a bowl with warm water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap to the water.

Step 15

Dampen a sponge with the soapy water. Wring the sponge out well to avoid soaking the leather.

Step 16

Clean the entire leather surface with the soapy water and sponge, beginning at the urine stain and working your way outward. This will leave a uniform appearance after drying. Wipe the leather gently with the sponge and avoid scrubbing briskly. Go over the area with a new sponge and plain water.

Step 17

Allow the leather to dry. Apply a leather cleaner and conditioner to the surface.